How To Keep Your Heart Stronger At Every Age

young african american woman smiling to camera( – As yet another birthday rolls around, you probably worry more about the visible parts of your body, and not so much the ones you can’t see, like your heart. Blacks still suffer and die more from heart-related diseases, and recent research has found that each decade of your life is a crossroads, with new health concerns to worry about as you continue along. Be aware of what you need to know and ask your doctor about – to better enjoy that path that you’re on.

Your 20s & 30s: Get Smart

You know that fries and burger do not qualify as heart-healthy, as well as all the other fat-filled artery-clogging fare that you’re probably tempted with every day. But your biggest heart hazard may be in your head, not on your plate.

“People in their 20s and 30s often think they’re too young for heart disease, even though they’ve already developed serious risk factors,” says Sarah Samaan, M.D., a cardiologist at Legacy Heart Center in Plano, TX. In fact, as many as 60 percent of people under 40 have at least one high-risk factor, such as smoking, elevated cholesterol, or obesity — which triples their heart attack odds. But almost 20 percent of people have never had a blood cholesterol test. Make an appointment with your doctor to review where you stand; then get serious about quitting smoking, losing weight, eating right and exercising.

Hidden Heart Risks At 20 & 30