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Getting serious about heart health may seem like a huge project. Because it means making changes in daily living habits, for many women, it is a major effort. But it doesn't have to be an overwhelming one. Some women find it easier to tackle only one heart disease risk factor at a time.
For example, if you smoke cigarettes and also eat a diet high in saturated fats, work on kicking the smoking habit first. Then, once you have gotten used to life without cigarettes, begin to skim the fat from your diet.
Remember, nobody's perfect. Nobody always eats the ideal diet or gets just the right amount of physical activity. Few smokers are able to swear off cigarettes without a slip or two along the way. The important thing is to follow a sensible, realistic plan that will gradually lessen your chances of developing heart disease or help you to control it.
Take a more active role in your healthcare. Ask more questions, and be prepared to make changes to help yourself lead a healthier life. Taking steps to control or prevent heart disease is important. The reward of a healthy heart -- a better chance for a longer, more vigorous life -- is well worth the effort.
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