To help prevent coronary heart disease, you can:

● Work with your doctor to control medical conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.

● Quit smoking.

● Exercise for at least 30 minutes on all days of the week.

● If you are overweight, lose weight.

● Eat more fruits and vegetables and low-fat dairy products; Don’t eat too much meat or fatty foods.

● Limit your alcohol intake to no more than 1 drink per day.

● If you are depressed, get treatment for depression. Depression increases your chances of getting a heart condition.

● Have periodic controls for heart disease risk factors starting from the age of 20.

● If you have a known heart condition and are planning to become pregnant, be sure to consult your cardiologist before becoming pregnant. Get information about the risks of pregnancy and what kind of controls you should have during pregnancy. If you are currently using drugs, do not make changes to your medications yourself. Before you become pregnant, consult your doctor to make the necessary arrangements so that you can receive the necessary treatments properly and not harm your baby.

● If you have a known heart condition and an unplanned pregnancy has occurred, consult your cardiologist as soon as you realize it, for your own and your baby’s health.

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