How many of these recommendations from the American Heart Association relate to complementary lifestyle changes discussed on this blog?

  • Increase consumption of fresh fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy products and restrict their alcohol and sodium intake
  • Quit smoking
  • Exercise 60 to 90 minutes most or all days
  • Reduce saturated fat intake
  • Eat oily fish or another source of omega-3 fatty acids
  • Do not take hormone replacement therapy
  • Do not take folic acid, vitamin E, C and beta-carotene for primary or secondary prevention of heart disease
  • Take low-dose aspirin therapy if they are ages 65 or older regardless of heart disease risk status, if benefits likely will outweigh other risks.

I count 6 out of 8.

2/26/07 19:16 JR

Hi, I’m JR

John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.