"Even if your body has been exposed to bad things for 30 or 40 years, six months of doing the right thing can lead to positive changes."
—Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, M.D.
Cardiologist & Professor of Medicine
Improving your heart health and reducing your risk of heart disease are two central goals of Mayo Clinic Healthy Heart for Life! The book identifies all the factors Mayo Clinic doctors know you can use to achieve those ends, organized into 10 easy-to-follow steps.
This book helps you start making the changes that will improve your heart health. You can start small. In fact, we’ll bring you page after page of ordinary but effective things you can do to fight heart disease. They’re often part of routine activities that you do every day anyway.
• What’s your chance of a heart attack in the next 10 years? We’ll help you calculate it—but more important, we’ll help you reduce it. See page 93.
• If you take medication for cholesterol, high blood pressure or other heart-related conditions, flip to page 98 the first moment this book is in your hands. You’ll get key tips for improving medication effectiveness and avoiding harmful side effects.
• See what three heart-healthy goals you can take action on as soon as your book arrives. The quick-start goals discussed on page 25 show that making your heart healthier and stronger doesn’t have to be complicated or difficult.
"You might be surprised to learn that keeping your heart healthy doesn’t really take a lot of time. You can start with as little as 10 minutes a day. Small changes, such as standing up and moving more, can make a big difference … One of the most important keys is learning to enjoy life."
—Martha Grogan, M.D., Medical Editor
Cardiologist & Assistant Professor of Medicine
Mayo Clinic first took root in farm fields near Rochester, Minn., in the late 1800s. It grew from the medical practice of a country doctor, William Worrall Mayo, and the partnership of his two sons, William J. and Charles H. Mayo—affectionately known as Dr. Will and Dr. Charlie.The brothers’ innovative ideas and tireless work in learning and creating new surgical techniques attracted international attention. Physicians from around the world came to watch the Mayo brothers perform surgery.The Mayo brothers invited other doctors to join them, forming teams of medical experts. Today, Mayo Clinic—one of the world’s oldest and largest multi-specialty group practices—comprises more than 45,000 physicians, scientists, nurses and other staff at its three locations in Rochester, Minn., Jacksonville, Fla., and Scottsdale, Ariz., and its regional community-based health care practices.
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