6 Heart Health Mistakes You Need To Stop Making Before You Turn 40

Plus, how to tweak your routine to live a longer, healthier life…

Most of us can skate through our first four decades of life without paying a significant health penalty for our vices—assuming those vices are modest and our genes are good. But after age 40, our bad behaviors start to catch up with us, especially when it comes to our cardiovascular health.“A number of risk factors for heart disease really start to go up in [a person’s] 40s,” says Deepak Bhatt, MD, executive director of interventional cardiovascular programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital Heart & Vascular Center and a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. “The risk for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes”—pretty much all the major drivers of heart trouble—“all start to go up substantially.”

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6 Foods to Improve Your Heart Health


There is no shortcut, your cardiovascular health starts with good food and exercise.

Editor’s note: This article is provided for informational purposes only and is not meant to diagnose or treat any condition. If you have any health concern, see a licensed healthcare professional in person.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (1). Every year, 1 in every 4 deaths is caused by a heart-related disease. Amongst many risk factors, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and smoking have been named most critical, and almost half of Americans can identify with at least one of them.

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Body weight trumps other factors in maintaining low blood pressure

By: Daniel Allar

A 25-year study of young adults transitioning to middle age revealed maintaining a healthy weight was more important in blood pressure control than other common health behaviors.

Specifically, participants who kept a body mass index of less than 25 kilograms per square meter were 41 percent less likely to have increasing blood pressure as they aged.

Researchers also analyzed the impacts of never smoking, zero to moderate alcohol consumption, exercising 150 minutes or more per week and eating a healthy diet in the 4,630 study participants. Results were presented Sept. 14 at the American Heart Association (AHA) Council on Hypertension, AHA Council on Kidney in Cardiovascular Disease, American Society of Hypertension Joint Scientific Sessions in San Francisco.

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Brain Activity May Predict Stress-Related Cardiovascular Risk

By Traci Pedersen

In the largest brain-imaging study of cardiovascular stress physiology to date, researchers have introduced a brain-based explanation of why stress might impact a person’s heart health.

The findings, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, show that as we experience stressful events, our brains produce a distinct pattern of activity that appears to be directly tied to bodily reactions — such as rises in blood pressure — that increase the risk for cardiovascular disease.

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Heart-healthy cooking to prevent stroke

Your heart and brain need nutritious foods to stay healthy. And while we all know the importance of a balanced diet that incorporates fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins and is low in sodium and both saturated and trans fats, did you know maintaining a healthful diet requires more than just choosing the right foods?

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Hitting cardiovascular health targets can help elderly live longer

By Will Boggs MD

(Reuters Health) – Meeting some or all of the American Heart Association’s seven ideal cardiovascular health goals is associated with longer life and fewer heart attacks and strokes, no matter your age.

In fact, in a recent group of elderly patients, “the benefit of an ideal cardiovascular health in reducing mortality and vascular events was comparable to what is observed in younger populations,” Dr. Bamba Gaye from University Paris Descartes in France told Reuters Health by email. “This is a very good news, which suggests that it is never too late to prevent the development of risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD).”

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