4 ways to help prevent cardiovascular disease Page ContentIt can be daunting to navigate the abundant – and sometimes contradictory – health advice dispensed across so many media outlets today,” says Ali Mortazavi, M.D., chief of Cardiology at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic. “To help simplify your choices, here are a few recommendations to get you headed in the right direction. Start moving. Getting in better physical shape doesn’t necessarily mean training for a marathon. Walking 20 minutes a day can benefit your heart. Make healthier food choices. Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. Avoid sugary snacks, high-fat items and processed foods. Make a conscientious effort to reduce your salt intake. Don’t smoke or use tobacco products. I shouldn’t have to explain why – just don’t. Get regular health screenings. Having a good doctor-patient relationship with a primary care physician can put you on the right track for having regular health screenings to check your blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels. If risk factors are discovered, your doctor can help determine what actions need to be taken, which may include prescribing medications to help control health-snatching conditions.“Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of deaths in the United States. By making some simple lifestyle modifications, you can go a long way toward having a healthier heart,” concludes Dr. Mortazavi.