Preventing Cardiovascular Disease

Don't smoke. It's one of the easiest ways to avoid cardiovascular disease. Also, eating healthy and exercising regularly can help decrease risk. The U.S. Department of Agriculture promotes a healthy guide for people to follow. This guide can be tailored to an individual's specific needs, age and gender.

The average American should try to exercise at least 30 minutes a day. Consuming vegetables, fruits, low-fat milk, lean meat and a variety of grains can help maintain a healthier lifestyle and minimize cholesterol levels.

The American Association for Clinical Chemistry recommends getting tested for cardiovascular disease every 5 years. One common test is the lipid profile. A small blood sample is drawn from the arm to test cholesterol levels and help gauge the risk of cardiovascular disease.