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Weight

Being overweight makes your heart work harder. Help manage this risk by working to maintain the body weight that is right for you:

Did you know?

For every 1 pound of extra weight that you carry, your heart has to pump your blood through an extra mile of blood vessels.

  • Eat a well-balanced diet.
  • Limit fats and sweets.
  • Do activities and exercise as you are able and as recommended by a cardiac rehabilitation therapist or doctor.
  • Eat only when you are hungry, not when you are bored, tired or feeling stressed.

 

 

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Helping Your Heart, fourth edition, cvs-ahc-90648

First published: 10/04/2002
Last updated: 06/01/2007

Reviewed by: Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts