1. Know the early warning signs and seek
treatment right away.

2. Talk to a doctor about medications that might increase risk.

3. Control blood pressure.

4. Keep "bad" cholesterol levels low.

5. Make sure diabetes is under control.

6. Follow a heart-healthy diet.

7. Get regular exercise.

8. Achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

9. Stop smoking.

10. Manage stress and depression.