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Heart and Vascular Health & Prevention

March 7, 2013 aboutbloodpressure Food and Diet

At least 65 million Americans have high blood pressure. High blood pressure increases the workload of the heart and kidneys, increasing the risk of heart attack, heart failure, stroke and kidney disease. High blood pressure is the biggest risk factor for stroke.

It is up to you to take control! By making lifestyle changes, taking medications and working with your health care team, you can control your high blood pressure to help prevent future problems.

  • Learn more about your blood pressure.

Important note: These are general recommendations and may not be appropriate if you have been diagnosed with another heart condition, such as heart failure. Always ask your health care provider for guidelines that are specific to your medical condition.

Take Control! Strategies to Control Blood Pressure

If you smoke – Quit!

Smoking and tobacco use are significant risk factors for a variety of chronic disorders including heart and blood vessel disease.

Quit smoking tips:

  • Make a list of all the reasons you want to quit. Read over the list every day, before and after you quit.
  • Make a list of activities you can do instead of smoking.
  • Stop smoking in certain situations before actually quitting.
  • Pick a date for quitting and stick to it.
  • Get a “buddy” to help you quit and ask your family and friends for support.
  • Join a smoking cessation support group or program – ask your doctor or nurse for a list of programs in your community.
  • Ask your health care provider about using nicotine replacement aids to help you quit.

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