Q: What is heart-healthy exercise?
A: Any moderate-intensity physical activity that increases your heart rate and keeps it elevated for a time will benefit your heart, as well as your overall health. The current recommendation is that adults should get at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise each day. You don't have to do it all at one time though. You can break it into shorter periods (at least 10 minutes each) throughout the day. Talk to your doctor before starting an exercise program.
Q: What does a heart-healthy diet include?
A: Include a variety of high-fiber whole grains (for example, oatmeal, whole wheat bread, popcorn), fruits and vegetables, low- or fat-free dairy products (milk, regular or frozen yogurt, cheese), nuts, seeds and legumes (almonds, peanuts, kidney beans), and lean meats, poultry and fish. Avoid foods that are high in salt, added sugar, and saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol. Limit fats and oils to 2 to 3 servings a day, and sweets to 5 or fewer servings a week.
Q: How does aspirin help protect the heart?
A: In adults with documented heart concerns, taking aspirin regularly can lower the risk of recurrent heart attack by helping prevent blood clots from forming in the arteries of the heart. Aspirin is not appropriate for everyone, so be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen.
See More Heart Health Questions & Answers
Some dietary supplements may interact negatively with medications or even other supplements. Consult with your doctor to determine which health regimen is best for you. The information in this section is meant to act as a guide. It is not a substitute for medical advice.
Health EncyclopediaHeart Attack
Learn the steps you can take to prevent, identify and treat attacks.
Heart Disease Glossary
Want specifics? Get details on the many forms of this cardiovascular condition.
Visual Weight Loss
Illustrations of various biological systems associated with weight loss.
* Restrictions apply. For a list of qualifying activities and complete terms and conditions of Balance® Rewards for healthy choices™, visit Walgreens.com/healthychoices. Information provided to Walgreens online is covered by the terms of our Online Privacy and Security Policy and the Terms and Conditions of Balance Rewards. Personally identifiable information is not covered under HIPAA or the Walgreens Notice of Privacy Practices.
Buy 1, Get 1 FREE
$82.99 Striked out price