610,000—that's how many people will die of heart disease in the United States alone this year—and another 735,000 will experience a heart attack. In fact, one in four deaths in America is directly attributable to heart disease, making it nearly four times deadlier than breast cancer, colon cancer, and car accidents combined.
And while many individuals live with heart disease for years before it becomes a life-threatening issue, prevention is always preferable to treatment that simply delays the disease's symptoms. The good news? Reducing your risk of heart disease is easier than you ever imagined. In fact, research conducted at the Harvard School of Public Health even indicates that increasing your magnesium intake may reduce your risk of heart disease as much as 30 percent.
So start on the path toward a longer life today by loading up on these 42 foods for a healthier heart, and when you're ready to whip your heart (and the rest of your body) into your best shape ever, get fit fast with these 40 Easy Exercises That Burn a Pound a Week.