According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the more risk factors you have, the greater your risk of heart disease. So, while you may not be able to do much about inheriting the risk, you can help manage genetic vulnerabilities by focusing on the risk factors you can control.
Most importantly, if you smoke — quit. You should also try to get regular exercise, whether you dance, swim or just take a walk (be sure to talk to your doctor before beginning an exercise routine). Eating habits matter too — be sure to fill your plate with colourful, heart-healthy fruits and vegetables. Finally, try to reduce the stress in your life and enjoy yourself more. These steps are a great way to live a heart-healthy lifestyle.