Learn to take heart smart steps

Linda Kane fills her fridge with heart healthy foods. She used to be a body builder so she's into fitness, but two years ago her doctors informed her she had an aortic aneurysm. It shocked her.

"I felt good I looked good. I didn't have any symptoms," said Kane.

"Women think that heart disease is a disease of old women. Heart disease in women in their 40s it's very, very scary," said Dr. Kathleen Magliato.

Dr. Kathy Magliato knows many women don't have time to go to the gym, so she advises her patients to start taking heart smart steps in their own home.

Almost every room in your home can remind you to have better heart health. Use your bedroom to de-stress and rest. Studies show relaxing can help prevent problems.

Studies have shown that stress is a worse factor for heart disease than either smoking or cholesterol.

"Even your family room can be a heart smart haven. Dr. Magliato says pop in a exercise video or a fitness game. And instead of just sitting on the couch why don't you work out your arms, get on a treadmill or stationary bike while watching TV.

In your home office, log onto your computer as source of inspiration. Lots of Web sites are full of heart smart recipes and information specifically geared toward women.

"If I find out anything new about heart health I will look it up," said Kane.

A little information can go along way. Experts say tiny changes you make at home can make a big difference to your overall health.

To make sure you stick to it, get the whole family involved.

"It's not just for anyone with heart disease it's for the whole family," said Kane.

Dr. Magliato adds if you have young kids get them involved in your fitness routine. If you don't have stairs in your home, wear a pedometer. If you don't make 10,000 steps during your daily activities then get out and walk in the evenings.



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