"12 Links" to Heart Health

Originally posted at 10 Links a Day, February 22 2009. By Dara Duff-Bergeron. Odds are, if you’re going to leave this planet early, it will most likely be a result of heart disease. Heart disease and stroke kill more men and women each year than all cancers combined. Most of us have at least one risk factor for heart disease – some are unlucky enough to have congenital defects or a family history, but we can do a lot to lower our risk.

Here are a list of links to help you get heart-healthy (you might even lose a few pounds in the process)...

1. The Mayo Clinic Tells you how to prevent heart disease without medication.

2. The Canadian Congenital Heart Alliance Supports children and adults with heart defects.

3. Canada Food Guide Helps you make heart-healthy choices.

4. The Lung Association Wants you to quit smoking as much as your mom does.

5. The American College of Sports Medicine Outlines how to exercise if you already have cardiovascular disease.

6. The ACSM on YouTube Learn what type of cardiovascular exercise is best for you.

7. Your Disease Risk by the Washington University School of Medicine An interactive questionnaire to determine your risk of developing heart disease.

8. The US Heart Lung and Blood Institute Presents a guide to lowering your blood pressure (high blood pressure is the #1 cause of heart disease).

9. Eat Tracker A free online food tracking program presented by the Dietitians of Canada.

10. The American Heart Association

11. National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease

12. Heart and Stroke Banner Ads Add to your website/blog. Help spread the word!