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.