Help raise awareness about high blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart disease.
High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease. Nearly 17% of women in their 20s and 30s have high blood pressure. You don't have to be one of them. Get your blood pressure checked at least once a year.
High blood pressure can go undetected for a long time while it's damaging your body. Put yourself first. Pay attention to possible warning signs. Possible warning signs for high blood pressure: Tiredness, loss of energy, sleep disturbances. Hot flashes and sweating. Fluid retention. Headaches. Blurred vision. Chest pain--some women report their bra feels too tight. Get your blood pressure checked at least once a year.
Nearly 58% of Black women over age 20 have high blood pressure--that's higher than any other ethnic or racial group. Have your blood pressure checked at least once a year.
La Heart Truth Para las Mujeres. Más del 40% de las mujeres hispanas/latinas tienen presión arterial alta. Hágase medir su presión arterial al menos una vez al año.
Before: Avoid exercising, drinking caffeine, or smoking for 30 minutes prior. Go to the bathroom. Uncover your arm for the cuff. Sit and relax for at least 5 minutes.
During: Put your feet flat on the floor. Don't talk. Rest your arm on a table so it's supported and at the level of your heart.
Blood pressure higher than 130/80 mmHg can cause serious health problems: Heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, dementia
Have your blood pressure checked at least once a year.
Age: blood pressure tends to get higher as we get older. But it can affect many of us when we're younger too.
Lifestyle habits: eating too much salt, drinking too much alcohol, being obese, smoking, and not getting enough exercise can raise our blood pressure.
Race or ethnicity: While anyone can have high blood pressure, African Americans tend to get it at a younger age. Among Hispanic adults, people of Cuban, Puerto Rican, and Dominican backgrounds are at higher risk.
Genes: High blood pressure often runs in families.
Sex: Before age 60, more men than women have high blood pressure. After age 60, more women than men have it.
1) Set Targets: Work with your doctor to set blood pressure numbers that are healthy for you.
2) Take Control: Make lifestyle changes such as eating healthy, staying active, and watching your weight.
3) Work Together: Studies show that if you engage in heart healthy activities with others, you have a better chance of staying motivated.
Why should I change? Stress can contribute to high blood pressure and other heart risks. If it goes on for a long time, it can make your body store more fat. How can I change? Practice mindful meditation for 10 minutes a day. Share a funny video, joke, or inspirational quote with a friend. Talk with your doctor if you have trouble managing stress on your own.
What should I change? A diet low in sodium and saturated fat - like the DASH eating plan - can lower your blood pressure as effectively as medicines. How can I change? Add one fruit of vegetable to every meal. If you get fast food, ask for a salad instead of fries. Give meatless Monday a try. Commit to one salt-free day a week. Use herbs for flavor instead.
1) Assess where you are now.
2) Discuss medication with your doctor.
3) Make DASH a part of a healthy lifestyle.
4) Adapt DASH for everyone in the family.
5) Judge success across several days, not just one.
1) Ask yourself why you off track.
2) Don't worry about a slip.
3) See if you tried to change too much at once.
4) Break the process down into small steps.
5) Write down goals and track progress.
6) Celebrate success!
1) Reduce meat and increase fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and cooked dry beans.
2) Snack on fruits and vegetables instead of sweets or chips.
3) Choose water or seltzer water instead of soda or juice.
4) Use herbs instead of extra condiments.
5) Keep a bowl of fruit on the kitchen counter.
1) set a schedule
2) Build activities into your day
3) Move for a short time a few times a day
4) Ask a friend of family member to join
5) Do what you love
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Calories are the measurement for how much energy your body gets from each serving. Nutrition labels are based on a daily diet of 2,000 calories, but you may need more or less depending on factors such as age and physical activity level. The number of servings you consume determines the number of calories you eat. For example, eating two servings of this product would be 560 calories.
The label shows key nutrients that are in foods and drinks. Choose foods with more dietary fiber, vitamin D, calcium, iron, and potassium. Choose foods with less sugars, saturated fat, and added sugars.
This compares how much of a nutrient is in one serving of food to how much of that nutrient you need or should not exceed in a day. This is based on a daily diet of 2,000 calories.
May is High Blood Pressure Education Month
May is #HighBloodPressureMonth! High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease. Have your blood pressure checked at least once a year and talk to your healthcare provider about ways to control it. Learn more from @TheHeartTruth: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/all-publications-and-resources/healthy-blood-pressure-healthy-hearts-small-steps-take.
May is #HighBloodPressureMonth! Taking small steps like eating healthy, getting regular physical activity, reducing stress, and aiming for a healthy weight can help manage blood pressure and keep #OurHearts healthy. Learn more from @TheHeartTruth: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/hypertension.
May is #HighBloodPressureMonth! Millions of people have high blood pressure and don't know it. Write down your blood pressure numbers each time you have it checked and talk with your healthcare provider about what they mean for you. Use @TheHeartTruth's tracker: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/all-publications-and-resources/healthy-blood-pressure-healthy-hearts-tracking-your.
¡Mayo es el mes de educación de la presión arterial alta! La presión arterial alta es uno de los factores de riesgo más importante para la enfermedad del corazón, que es la causa principal de muerte en los Estados Unidos. #NuestrosCorazones permanecen más saludables cuando prevenimos la presión arterial alta . Su proveedor de salud le ha informado cuáles son sus números para la presión arterial y se la ha revisado al menos una vez al año. https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/all-publications-and-resources/presion-arterial-saludable-para-corazones-saludables
Millones de personas tienen la presión arterial alta y no lo saben. Hable con su proveedor de salud sobre cuáles son sus números de presión arterial y anótelos después de cada visita al médico o clínica. ¡#NuestrosCorazones se preocupan por la presión arterial saludable! https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/all-publications-and-resources/presion-arterial-saludable-para-corazones-saludables
Knowing Your Numbers
Everyone should get their blood pressure checked at least once a year. Your healthcare provider may suggest that you check your blood pressure yourself, too. Learn more from @TheHeartTruth: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/hypertension. #HighBloodPressureMonth
High blood pressure is often called the "silent killer" because you can’t generally feel if you have it. But you may have warning signs that you write off as stress. Get it checked at least once a year! https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/hypertension @TheHeartTruth #HighBloodPressureMonth
You can’t usually feel high blood pressure. Get it checked at least once a year and talk to a healthcare provider about ways to control it if your blood pressure is high. www.nhlbi.nih.gov/hypertension @TheHeartTruth #HighBloodPressureMonth
Women and High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure can affect anyone, but women—who often dismiss warning signs—should be especially mindful of their numbers. If something doesn’t feel right don’t tough it out, check it out! https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/hypertension @TheHeartTruth #HighBloodPressureMonth
Black women are more likely to get high blood pressure earlier in life. Have your blood pressure checked at least once a year and talk to your healthcare provider about ways to control it. https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/hypertension @TheHeartTruth #HighBloodPressureMonth
Only ~14% of Asian American women 20 & older have their high blood pressure under control. Have your blood pressure checked at least once a year and talk to your healthcare provider about ways to control it. https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/hypertension @TheHeartTruth #HighBloodPressureMonth
High blood pressure affects 1 in 4 Hispanic/Latino women in the U.S. and is a major risk factor for heart disease. Have yours checked at least once a year and talk to your doctor about ways to control it. https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/hypertension @TheHeartTruth #HighBloodPressureMonth
La presión arterial alta afecta a 1 de cada 4 mujeres hispanas/latinas en los EE.UU. y es un factor de riesgo importante para la enfermedad del corazón. Chequéesela al menos una vez al año, y hable con su médico sobre cómo mantenerla controlada. https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/hypertension @TheHeartTruth #HighBloodPressureMonth
Only about 14% of Asian American women 20 & older have their high blood pressure under control. Start the conversation with your healthcare provider and have it checked at least once a year. https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/hypertension @TheHeartTruth #HighBloodPressureMonth
If you're thinking about having a baby and have high blood pressure, talk with your doctors so you can take steps to lower or control your high blood pressure before, during, and after pregnancy. Learn more from @TheHeartTruth: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/education-and-awareness/heart-truth/listen-to-your-heart/heart-health-and-pregnancy. #HighBloodPressureMonth
The DASH Eating Plan
The DASH Eating Plan, which is proven to help lower high blood pressure, can be adapted to fit many different lifestyles. Here are 5 tips from @TheHeartTruth to get started: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/all-publications-and-resources/getting-started-dash. #HighBloodPressureMonth
The DASH Eating Plan can help lower blood pressure and keep #OurHearts healthy. Learn more from @TheHeartTruth about getting started on DASH: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/all-publications-and-resources/getting-started-dash. #HighBloodPressureMonth
The DASH Eating Plan was developed to lower high blood pressure without medication. Learn more from @TheHeartTruth about how you can fight high blood pressure, one delicious bite at a time! https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/dash-eating-plan #HighBloodPressureMonth
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