12 Foods that are good for your heart (including, yes, avocado)

By Jessica Estrada | Good Eats

Here’s a shocker: According to new research published in the journal Circulation31 percent of people hospitalized for heart attacks in 2010-2014 were young women. Add to that the fact that heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, and it should be pretty clear to everyone that heart problems are not just an old dude thing.

Thankfully, there are some simple tweaks most women can make to ensure their heart stays healthy, like combining cardio and weight traininghaving mind-blowing sex, and doing household chores (honestly I’m less excited about that one). But experts agree that eating certain foods can also nourish your ticker in a major way, and can help reduce your risk of having things like high cholesterol and heart disease when eaten as part of a healthy lifestyle.

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