8 Heart-Healthy Habits for Women

Heart disease and heart attacks aren't just for men. Follow these healthy habits to keep your cholesterol, blood pressure, and disease risk low.

8 Heart-Healthy Habits for Women

Learn about women's risk of heart disease. Discover right must-do, heart-healthy habits that can lower your risk of heart disease, heart att, ck and stroke, as well as prevent heart-related risk factors, such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
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Drink Alcohol in Moderation

Research shows that having one drink a day may help protect your heart and your entire vascular system. Enjoying a moderate amount of alcohol also seems to raise levels of HDL (good) cholesterol. In addition, it relaxes you, which can only help your blood pressure. Although wine itself doesn't contain omega-3 fatty acids, research suggests that a bit of wine — not too much, not too little — somehow boosts blood levels of these heart-healthy fatty acids. Heart-Healthy Tip: Moderate drinking for women means no more than one drink per day. That translates into a 12-ounce beer, 1.5 ounces of 80-proof liquor or a 5-ounce glass of wine. Next time you pour a glass of wine, get out your kitchen measuring cup. You might be surprised to see what 5 ounces looks like!