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Holiday Shopping: Heart Healthy Gifts

(CNN) -- Heart disease is still the number one killer of Americans. So this holiday season, why not give a loved one a gift to help them to protect their heart?

(CNN) -- Heart disease is still the number one killer of Americans. So this holiday season, why not give a loved one a gift to help them to protect their heart?  

Gifts for your family and friends can be straight from the heart to the heart, says Cardiologist Dr. Gina Lundberg.

She says everyone can benefit, whether they're age seven or seventy.

Heart-healthy holiday gifts for children can range from baseballs to bicycles. When children start out with healthy habits in their childhood, they carry them out into their adult life.

She suggests winter walking gear for both the athletic type and those who aren't.

Not everybody's ready for an exercise program. Some people just need to start with walking, a great way to log how many steps you take a day is a pedometer.  Ten thousand steps a day is ideal, but you could start with a much lower number.

But for that on-the-go, stressed out person, think of candles and things that will help them unwind.

When you've been stressed out all day, even though you may come home and relax, it still has had an effect on your heart.  

All day long your blood pressure has been high and your heart rate has been high.

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