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

  • Eat a well-balanced diet. Eating foods high in saturated fat can raise your cholesterol count and lead to coronary artery disease. Eating too much sodium makes your body retain fluid.
  • Limit fats and sweets.
  • Do activities and exercise as you are able and as recommended by a health care provider.
  • Eat only when you are hungry, not when you are bored, tired or feeling stressed.

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

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Take it to Heart: Your Healthy Heart Guide, cvs-ah-92674
First Published: 01/19/2019
Last Reviewed: 01/19/2019