February is Heart Health month and we're teaming up with other organizations to raise awareness about heart disease and prevention. In an effort to prevent 1 million heart attacks in the US by 2017, we're encouraging people to know their blood pressure and give tips to help them lower and maintain it if it's too high.
High blood pressure is a leading cause of heart disease, yet there are often no signs or symptoms to indicate when it's too high. That's why it's so important to schedule routine check ups and be aware of your blood pressure level.
How to Prevent Heart Disease
In order to prevent heart disease, we recommend taking a proactive approach with your health.
- Schedule a routine checkup with your doctor
- If you take blood pressure medicine, be consistent
- Alter your diet
If you're like the rest of America, you probably love salt. But your blood pressure unfortunately doesn't. Consider reducing your sodium intake, which will in turn reduce your blood pressure. That means opting for fresh meats rather than packaged. (Some cold cut packaged turkey breast can run up to 1,050 mg of sodium for 3 slices!) Avoid high sodium meat products by doing a little bit of extra research while shopping. Many brands are committed to providing products with much less sodium, so be sure to check your food labels. Also, choosing fresh fruits and veggies over frozen is another surefire way to keep your sodium intake low.
- Are you a smoker?
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