10 Things That Will Make Your Heart Valves Healthy

KEEP THEM HEALTHY HOW-TO: STOP SMOKING

You can blame lighting up for one of every three deaths of heart disease, according to the Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health. It accelerates plaque buildup in arteries, leads to clot formation, and can raise blood pressure.

Quitting is not only smart for your heart as a whole, but will also have a positive impact on the working parts inside. The only answer is to quit, says Dr. Klodas. The good news is that stopping the smokes confers a multitude of benefits, some of which are immediate.

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