American Heart Month– Here are a few key heart disease control strategies outlined by the CDC.
Fresh off the heels of one of the most important seasons for love – Valentine’s Day – we’re continuing the festivities in February with American Heart Month!
In order to keep our hearts happy and ticking, we must take care of them. This is a reminder of the important steps for a healthy heart and what we can do to show our bodies some tender love and care.
To start, let’s talk about hypertension (high blood pressure) and what we can do to help slow this condition which is a leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke.
Here are a few key disease control strategies outlined by the CDC.
- Monitor Your Blood Pressure Regularly
It’s important to know where you stand as far as your heart health. If your healthcare professional has confirmed that your blood pressure is high, it’s important to set up regular monitoring for this to lower your risks. This can be checked at home, at the pharmacy, or at your doctor’s office.
- Learn What Helps
There are a few known medicines and supplements that can help with heart care and it’s important to know about this. Speak with a healthcare professional you trust about taking them. Aspirin, blood pressure meds are just a few to consider.
- Stop Doing What Hurts
There are also things that are known to add to heart health problems and it’s important to know those as well. Improving cholesterol levels, getting in daily exercise, decreasing body weight as well as quitting smoking all top the list.
Remember, we only have one heart and one life to live – so let’s live them to the fullest!
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