Four Primary Behaviors for Heart Health

Published 02/05 2014 03:06PM

Updated 02/05 2014 05:02PM

Heart disease affects all of us, either directly or indirectly. It is the number one cause of death for women in the United States and kills nearly FIVE times as many women as breast cancer. Despite these staggering statistics, a mere three percent of Americans practice all four primary behaviors recommended for heart health - not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, and exercising regularly.

In an effort to make a positive difference in womens heart health, Progresso Soup is launching The Heart Project, in support of Mayo Clinic, in an effort to spread heart education and awareness and encourage people to take action during February for Heart Health Month.

Progresso Heart Healthy soups will be donating $300,000 to Mayo Clinic for activities that include heart heath programs for women.

A few factoids from the Heart Health Quiz:
- If you live in the United States, your lifetime risk of developing high blood pressure is 90 percent.
- Once you quit smoking, your health improves within 20 minutes.
- In order to reduce heart attack risk, you need at least 8 hours of sleep per night.

The Heart Project initiative will encourage women to lead a heart-healthy life by taking proactive care of their heart health through an understanding of their personal risk factors.

For more information and to find out what your Heart Health IQ is, visit and take the quiz.

DR. SHARON MULVAGH is a cardiologist and Director of the Women's Heart Clinic at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. 
She has a special interest in heart disease in women.  Dr. Mulvagh is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association Council on Clinical Cardiology, the American Society of Echocardiography, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. 

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