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Active Adults & Healthy Hearts

Posted: May, 19, 2022 | Categories: Uncategorized

May is National Blood Pressure Education Month

 

When the best days of your life are ahead of you, the best thing you can do is to make sure you’re healthy enough to enjoy them.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Categories include arrhythmia, heart valve disease, heart failure, and coronary artery disease (CAD).

Since May is Blood Pressure Education Month, the National Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute (or NHLBI, part of the National Institutes of Health – NIH) offers these suggestions to achieve or maintain your heart health:

 

  • Know Your Numbers
    • schedule your physical, where your health care provider will check your blood pressure and either establish a baseline, or track your numbers
  • Eat Healthy
    • follow the DASH diet (Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension) by limiting sodium and caffeine intake, and eating more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains
  • Exercise/Move More
    • aim for a minimum of 2 ½ hours of physical activity per week
  • Maintain a Healthy Weight
    • your healthcare provider will recommend your target weight based on your age, sex, Body Mass Index (BMI), muscle mass, and other factors
  • Manage Stress
    • your healthcare professional may recommend guided meditation, deep breathing exercises, strengthening social connections (while minimizing social media exposure), or counseling
  • Stop Smoking
    • smoking causes plaque buildup in the blood vessels, which increases the risk of developing coronary artery disease, and of suffering a heart attack or stroke
  • Work with your Doctor
    • she will help you identify the areas that will most help you achieve or maintain a healthy heart, and offer recommendations for support or programs, if necessary

For more information, visit the National Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute website

 

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