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6 ways to improve odds and beat heart disease

Feb. 5, 2015 CNN

You can dramatically reduce your chances of having heart disease or dying from heart disease if you do six simple things.

That’s what a new study in the recent edition of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found.

And it’s good news since studies from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that heart disease is the leading cause of death for American women and men.

February is American Heart Month.

This latest study used data came from 88,940 women between age 27 and 44 enrolled in the Nurses’ Health Study II from 1991 to 2011. The study looked at how many women smoked (or quit), what their body mass index was, what their physical activity level was, how much they watched TV and what their diet was like.

In 20 years of follow-up, there were 456 cases of coronary heart disease.

Researchers noticed that of the women who didn’t have coronary heart disease and stayed healthy, the greater majority had six lifestyle habits in common.

So, here is what you need to do. And while women were studied in this case, these habits would be good for men’s hearts, too.

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