Mississippi State Department of Health

Steps to Heart Health


Heart disease is the #1 cause of death in Mississippi. You can prevent heart disease and stroke by simply getting active, eating smart, and getting regular checkups.

Mississippi is one of the top states in the nation for heart attack and stroke deaths. Obesity, smoking, diet and inactivity bring heart disease to Mississippians early in life, and cuts their lives short. 8,000 Mississippians a year die from heart disease.

What You Can Do

Whether you're young or old, taking simple steps now can lower your risk of heart disease — and reduce your risk of cancer and diabetes at the same time.

Quit smoking: Quitting tobacco is the best first step in improving your heart health. It's easier with free help from the Mississippi Tobacco Quitline. Free help quitting →

Move more: It's the free way to stay healthier and feel younger. Get a few minutes of brisk physical activity whenever you can, or take thirty minutes a day for a walk or other enjoyable way to move. Ways to get moving →

Eat smart: Vegetables and fruits rather than meats and sweets can make a profound change in your health. Choosing the right foods isn't hard. Steps to smart eating →

See your doctor regularly: A yearly checkup can detect problems before they become serious. Men especially need checkups →

Know your numbers: Get your blood pressure and cholesterol checked regularly, and work to get them to healthy levels. The four health numbers you should know →

More About Heart Health

Links referenced on this page
Free help quitting →    http://msdh.ms.gov/page/43,1774,94.html ok
Ways to get moving →    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,0,270,html ok
Steps to smart eating →    http://msdh.ms.gov/page/43,0,213.html ok
Men especially need checkups →    http://msdh.ms.gov/page/42,0,406.html ok
The four health numbers you should know →    http://msdh.ms.gov/page/43,1161,91,214.html ok
More about getting started with better health    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,0,278,html ok
High blood pressure and how to avoid it    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,0,297,431,html ok
About cholesterol and keeping healthy    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,0,297,506,html ok
Stroke prevention    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,0,297,429,html ok
Know the signs of a heart attack    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,0,297,430,html ok

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