Are you doing all you can to prevent a heart attack or stroke? from the Harvard Heart Letter

That's the central question posed—and answered—in the January 2012 issue of the Harvard Heart Letter.

In keeping with the self-improvement resolutions that accompany the new year, this issue of the Harvard Heart Letter revolves around the goals of the Million Hearts Initiative. Million Hearts is a comprehensive, collaborative campaign to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years through simple, effective, and inexpensive actions, the ABCS:

  • taking daily low-dose Aspirin, if prescribed
  • managing lood pressure and Cholesterol levels
  • quitting moking

In addition to reviewing the most current targets for blood pressure, cholesterol, and smoking cessation—and pragmatic strategies to help people hit them—the January Heart Letter adds D (for Diet) and E (for Exercise) to the Million Hearts alphabet. Because eating healthfully and staying physically active are important contributors to preventing cardiovascular disease, this issue offers practical advice on how to develop good habits in these two areas. It's not as difficult as people make it out to be!

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