CLEVELAND — Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in four deaths is due to heart-related problems.
That's why it's important to take the right steps in protecting your heart on a daily basis.
We sat down with Dr. Eric Roselli, Chief of Adult Cardiac Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. He provided us with a handful of simple steps we can do today to improve our heart health.
According to Dr. Roselli, we need to get screened for and treat hypertension. In addition, pay attention to lipids and cholesterol.
Next, work to be active. Exercise daily and eat right.
"Eating natural food over processed foods makes a lot of sense," Dr. Roselli says. "It's easier said than done, but I think in the current environment... It's easier to find good healthy food."
Also, don't overlook a good night's sleep. Roselli suggests getting at least six hours of sleep every night.
Finally, watch what you are putting in your body and quit harmful habits like smoking.
"We know that smoking is just really awful for your heart. In fact, there is other evidence that the air that you breath, pollution, can impact your heart health."