(WTNH) – No matter what age you are, it’s never too early to start taking charge of your heart health. Dr. Alon Ronen, a cardiologist with Northeast Medical Group, shares the best ways to keep your heart healthy for every age.
Ages 10-20: Know your numbers
Believe it or not, indicators of heart disease can be seen on hearts of people as young as their teens. Dr. Ronen states that the more educated we are about our health, the better off we are. “The more information people have about themselves, the better. The recommendations are by the age 10 you should already know what your cholesterols are. By the age of 20, everyone adult should have their cholesterol numbers,” said Dr. Ronen.
Ages 20-30: Take next steps
For the age range between 20 to 30, high risk factors can be evident and tailored action should be taken. For those who have higher risk factors, Dr. Ronen says patients go on aggressive diets and more exercise routines.
Ages 30-50: Do more to lessen your numbers
For ages between 30-50, it is key to choose the right “program” for our lives. Don’t think of a diet as a diet, but as lifestyle. Maintain at least 30 minutes of exercise per day and eat healthy.
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