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A Closer Look: The new guidelines for heart health
Los Angeles Times

If you want to improve the health and fitness of your heart and blood vessels, you can. Basic lifestyle changes involving diet, exercise and smoking can make a big difference. It also helps to keep an eye on some key numbers, including blood pressure, cholesterol, body mass index and blood glucose.

Last year, the American Heart Assn. winnowed all this advice into a checklist called Life’s Simple Seven. For each item on the list, the AHA set criteria that define ideal cardiovascular health.