7 Steps to a Healthy Heart

Easy solutions for a healthy heart at any age.

In Good Hands - 80.5 percent: percentage of Blacks that were covered by health insurance during all or part of 2011. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2011. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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In Good Hands - 80.5 percent: percentage of Blacks that were covered by health insurance during all or part of 2011. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2011. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

On Yoga and Satan - ?The purpose of such meditation is to empty oneself. ? [Satan] is happy to invade the empty vacuum of your soul and possess it."(Photo: JGI/Tom Grill/Getty Images)

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On Yoga and Satan - ?The purpose of such meditation is to empty oneself. ? [Satan] is happy to invade the empty vacuum of your soul and possess it."(Photo: JGI/Tom Grill/Getty Images)

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When It Comes to Screenings, Is Less More? - Twenty-five respected medical organizations have joined forces and revealed a comprehensive list of the 25 medical tests and procedures that are overused by Americans. Among that list are unnecessary pre-term C-sections; the overuse of antibiotics for infections and illness; and CT scans that expose people to potentially harmful radiation, reported USA Today. Read the entire list here.   (Photo: Rick Gershon/Getty Images) 

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What Is Heart Disease? - Heart disease is more than having a heart attack. Heart disease defines a host of problems that affect the arteries, capillaries and veins, including coronary heart disease, congestive heart failure, stroke and congenital heart disease, says WebMD.(Photo: GettyImages)

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How Can I Be Tested for It? - The only way to know for sure if you are prediabetic is getting tested by your doctor. Doctors can use one of three tests: Fasting plasma glucose test (FPG), oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) or an A1C test. Talk to your primary health care physician about getting tested, especially if you have many of the risk factors.  (Photo: Rick Gershon/Getty Images)

Cutting 500 Calories - So let’s start with the basic. If you want to lose a pound a week, each week you have to slash 500 calories a day from your diet, i.e. 3,500 a week. The easiest way is to slash 250 calories in your diet and burn 250 calories with exercise.  (Photo: Paul Bradbury / Getty Images)

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Cutting 500 Calories - So let’s start with the basic. If you want to lose a pound a week, each week you have to slash 500 calories a day from your diet, i.e. 3,500 a week. The easiest way is to slash 250 calories in your diet and burn 250 calories with exercise.  (Photo: Paul Bradbury / Getty Images)

Anti-Smoking Ad for African-Americans Debuts in California - The California Department of Health recently rolled out their new anti-smoking campaign, a series of ads geared toward African-Americans, says the San Francisco Bay View. The radio and print ads talk about the dangers of smoking and address the high rates of advertising that tobacco companies gear toward Black youth.  (Photo: Jan Pitman/Getty Images)

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Anti-Smoking Ad for African-Americans Debuts in California - The California Department of Health recently rolled out their new anti-smoking campaign, a series of ads geared toward African-Americans, says the San Francisco Bay View. The radio and print ads talk about the dangers of smoking and address the high rates of advertising that tobacco companies gear toward Black youth.  (Photo: Jan Pitman/Getty Images)

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Access Better Health Care - Don't ignore any health problems you may be experiencing because it is better to have them resolved early when there are more opportunities for treatment. Take advantage of the health-care benefits provided by your employer, or seek out your own privately. Alternatively, if you cannot afford health insurance, identify public clinics in your neighborhood and utilize their services, the ABC says. (Photo: GettyImages)

For More Information - Click here to read the ABC's complete guide on heart health or visit abcardio.org. (Photo: Association of Black Cardiologists)

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For More Information - Click here to read the ABC's complete guide on heart health or visit abcardio.org. (Photo: Association of Black Cardiologists)