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Top 10 Ways to Stay Heart-healthy

        Health | Heart

See these 10 tips to keep your heart healthy. See more heart health pictures.
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Your to-do list for today probably doesn't have "Get heart healthy" at the top of it. Heart problems are one of those things that many of us think happens only to other people. We associate strokes and heart attacks with older people, or at least people who are incredibly unhealthy. If you don't smoke or you're within a healthy weight range, you may think that you don't have anything to worry about. And there's probably plenty of time to quit those bad habits, right? Not necessarily.

An increasing number of people in their 30s have conditions that can lead to heart disease, such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure. According to the Centers for Disease Control, heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the United States -- for both men and women. Toss the idea that heart disease is a man's disease out the window -- about half of all heart disease deaths in 2006 were women. The good news is that you can do something about it. Read on to learn about 10 ways that you can get (and stay) heart-healthy.