Your heart is a muscle and, as with any muscle, exercise is what strengthens it.
Salmon and guacamole are loaded with healthy fats that are good for the heart. – Try salmon spread with vegetables for your next gathering › – Heart-healthy guacamole also makes a great appetizer .
Alcohol and cocoa (a key ingredient in chocolate) have antioxidants that have been shown to increase good cholesterol, lower bad cholesterol and improve blood clotting function.
Although this advice primarily applies during the holidays, when deaths from heart attacks spike thanks to copious amounts of food and temptation, it's valid year round.
There are more than 1,400 biochemical responses to stress, including a rise in blood pressure and a faster heart rate. If you don't manage your stress, it can create more stress and trap you in a stress cycle.