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It's no secret that heart disease is the leading killer of men and women in the United States.

However, we don't need to sit down and accept these stark facts. By making small, easily adoptable changes to your daily routine -- from diet tweaks to scheduled downtime to an exercise plan -- you can greatly reduce your risk of heart disease and start living a healthier, happier and longer life.

Just ask the experts at Cooper University Health Care. NBC10 is hosting a free webinar on Advanced Heart Care on Wednesday, June 7 at 12:30 p.m. Learn about advancements in cardiac care and treatment with Dr. Phil Koren and Dr. Michael Rosenbloom from the Cooper Heart Institute. Can't make it June 7? We've got you covered! This webinar will be available to view on demand whenever you want through the registration link.

Have a question about advancements in cardiac care and treatment for Dr. Koren and Dr. Rosenbloom? Submit here!

But why wait until June 7 to get started? Get a jumpstart on your health and come into the webinar with a little extra heart health knowledge by incorporating these five simple tips into your day-to-day life.

Good Fats
Not all fats are created equal. In fact, some fats are even good for you. Good fats like monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats can help reduce bad cholesterol levels. So skip the trans fats and reach for avocados, olive oil and fish like salmon and trout. Add almonds as a mid-afternoon snack and you'll be well on your way to a healthier diet!

Cardio Time!
Looking to stave off heart disease? The American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes or more of cardiovascular exercise a week. Sprinkle workouts like running, cycling, hiking or even walking throughout the week and find a friend to join you for extra motivation.

In today's 24/7 world, it can be tough to schedule a little me time -- mobile phones tether us to the office, family commitments remain constant. But stress only increases our risk for future heart disease. No matter how busy your day gets, it's important to claim some time for yourself to de-stress. Get back to your center with yoga, a relaxing walk or some time spent with a good book.

Yearly Checkups
Yearly doctor visits can keep you ahead of heart disease. Assess your risk factors by being screened for high blood pressure, cholesterol, body weight and blood glucose. While the results might not always be pretty, you'll have the data to enable you to make healthy lifestyle changes.

Yup, you read that right! Stick to the tips above and indulging can actually be good for your heart. Just make sure you're reaching for the right stuff, like a glass of red wine and some dark chocolate.

For more healthy heart tips and useful insights into staying heart healthy, don't forget to join the Cooper University Health Care's Advanced Heart Care webinar on June 7. Register here.


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