Heart Disease Prevention Tips

Over 700,000 Americans have heart attacks each year, and heart disease is the cause of 1 in 4 deaths in the U.S. Prevention and early detection are the best ways to fight heart disease. At Vanderbilt, we believe a healthy combination of diet, exercise and stress management can help lower your risk levels for serious heart problems. To learn more about protecting your heart, please review our tips below.

Healthy EatingDiet
Most people enjoy eating tasty meals, but some of these meals use unhealthy ingredients. Fortunately, we can help you pick healthy foods that still taste good. It is important to fill your kitchen with heart healthy foods, so it will be easy to stick to your diet. You can also watch our recipe videos to learn how to make heart healthy meals.

Vanderbilt Bike TeamExercise
If you live a busy life, it can be hard to find time for exercising. But working out is an important step to preventing heart disease. Sometimes the hardest part is getting started. When making plans to exercise, remember to pace yourself, figure out how to include it in your daily routine and choose different activities to prevent boredom.

Happy Vanderbilt Heart PatientStress Management
Almost 1 in 3 Americans have high blood pressure. In addition to eating a healthy diet and exercising, we recommend taking steps to lower your stress as well. It is important to understand what causes your stress, how to deal with stressful situations and what you can do to avoid stress in the future.

CPR TrainingThe New CPR: Chest Compressions Only
Learning how to give CPR can help you saved the life of your friends, family or total strangers. New research shows that "hands-only CPR" is just as effective as "mouth-to-mouth CPR." Learning this technique can help you be prepared for emergency situations.