for a healthier life - Know your numbers
High blood pressure is known as the silent killer because most often, it has no warning signs or symptoms, so it can go undetected. This raises your risk of heart attack, stroke and even death.
The best way to know if you have high blood pressure is to have it routinely measured. With early diagnosis, it can be controlled and your health risks can be seriously reduced.
Use the featured chart as a general guideline for blood pressure readings.
healthy lifestyle supports a healthy heart
Committing to a healthy lifestyle will strengthen the health of your heart. Even small changes can make a big difference. It's a good idea to talk with your primary caregiver about heart health. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Here are a few things you can do to step up your heart health:
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- Exercise daily. A 30 minute walk each day is good for your heart and your overall health.
- Eat a healthy diet that includes fruits, vegetables, protein and whole grains. To focus on your heart, aim for lower sodium recipes.
- If you smoke - take the steps to quit. This will greatly reduce your risk not only for heart disease, but also stroke and cancer.
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