9 steps for a healthier heart in 2009, from the Harvard Heart Letter

If you're in the habit of making resolutions for the new year, or you just want to investigate new strategies to protect your heart and make sure it gets the best care possible, the January 2009 issue of the Harvard Heart Letter outlines nine possibilities:

Learn CPR: The new hands-only technique is simple and effective. Ask your family members and friends to take a CPR class with you.

Know your numbers: Make sure you know your cholesterol profile, blood pressure, and blood sugar, and track them through the year. Ask your doctor if you should have your C-reactive protein (CRP) checked, especially if your cholesterol is in the normal range. Estimate your heart attack risk using tools available at http://health.harvard.edu/138.

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