Your Choice for Change - Honoring the Gift of Heart Health for American Indians
Section Three - Help Your Heart! Control Your High Blood Pressure
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Check two or three things you will do. Add more things over time.
1. Add Spice—Not Salt—to Your Life
_____ Season foods with herbs and spices like garlic, cilantro, pepper, oregano, and onion instead of salt.
_____ Eat more fruits and vegetables instead of salty snacks.
2. Take Heart. Try to:
_____ Lose weight if you are overweight.
_____ Eat smaller portions—do not go back for a second serving.
vGet 30 to 60 minutes of moderate physical activity on most days.
_____ Limit alcohol.
3. If You Have High Blood Pressure:
_____ Have your blood pressure checked often.
_____ Take your medicines the way your doctor tells you.
Your health and your family's health are priceless. Make an investment in it!
|Questions to ask the doctor about high blood pressure medicine:|
|Name of medicine(s): _____________________________________________
Amount of medicine to take: ________________________________________
When to take it: __________________________________________________
What to eat or drink with it: __________________________________________
If you can take other medicines safely at the same time: _____ yes _____ no
If problems occur, call this number immediately: _________________________
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Public Health Service
National Institutes of Health
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
NIH Publication No. 08-6340