5 Heart Healthy Tips

 

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5 Heart Healthy Tips

Tracy StevensHeart attack and stroke remain the number one health threat to Americans. The encouraging fact is that greater than 90% of heart attacks and strokes can be prevented when one takes ownership of their heart health. This takes discipline on a daily basis.

Consider these five basic measures to adopt:

1) Keep a measuring tape in your bathroom. Strive to keep your waistline less than half your height in inches.
2) Purchase a home blood pressure cuff. These make a great gift! Keep a diary of your blood pressure and take it with you to your next doctor’s appointment.
3) Follow your dentist’s recommendations and floss on a regular basis. There is a direct link between gum and heart disease.
4) Know that the combination of smoking and birth control pills puts young women at great risk of heart attack and sudden cardiac death.
5) Do not buy into trendy diets. They are not a long-term solution.

Your health is your responsibility. Although it requires personal discipline and commitment, you can prevent your number one health threat!

About Tracy Stevens, M.D.:
Tracy Stevens, M.D. serves on the Scientific Advisory Council for WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease. She is a Board Certified Cardiologist at Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City, Missouri and the Medical Director of the Muriel I. Kauffman Women’s Heart Center.


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6 Comments on “5 Heart Healthy Tips”

  1. Mary

    I not only liked the tips but have a question. I recently heard that when taking your blood pressure you should take it in both
    arms, is this correct?

  2. Dr. Tracy Stevens

    It is a good idea to initially check blood pressure in both arms, to verify the top number is within about 20 points of each other. If you find that there is a greater than 20mmHg difference, let your doctor know.

    Checking blood pressure in both arms is good initially, but not necessarily something that needs to be done on a continual basis if the blood pressure is within 20 points between arms.

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