Are you heart healthy?

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Are you taking care of your ticker? February is American Heart Month and it is always good to learn how to keep your heart healthy.  Last week, I started my Exercise Referral course to help me train people recovering from various illnesses and diseases (such as COPD, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and osteoporosis).  In the classroom discussions, we began to realize that personal trainers think and behave very differently than the general public. Conversations turned to brainstorming how to prevent these diseases rather than simply being reactive.

Did you know that, according to the Center for Disease Control,  uncontrolled high blood pressure is the leading cause of heart disease and stroke.  31% of Americans (that is 1 out of every 3) have high blood pressure.  When was the last time you had your's tested?  Many pharmacies in the USA and UK offer free blood pressure testing.  Check in one a month and keep a record so you will notice any changes over time.  As a guideline:

Normal: <120/<80
At risk (prehypertension): 120-139/80-89
High: 140+/90+

The following behavioral choices will increase your risk for high blood pressure and subsequent health problems, especially if you have hypertension and/or diabetes.
  • Smoking tobacco
  • Eating foods high in sodium and low in potassium
  • Not getting enough physical activity
  • Being obese
  • Drinking too much alcohol
The American Heart Association has a high blood pressure risk calculator.  Have a peak and see if you are at risk.  (You need to know your height, weight, and current blood pressure to start).

Controlling your blood pressure isn't the only way to keep your heart healthy.  Here is a fantastic summary of the things you can do to keep your heart healthy and happy in the years to come, courtesy of the American Recall Center.  Feel free to print and share this with friends and family.  This is add accountability and keep everyone on track towards good heart health.


3 comments:

  1. yes yes
    with heart health
    WITH LIFE :-)
    we must be our own advocates!!

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  2. This course sounds great! Let's go Red Dress! Happy Heart Month

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  3. Yes I'm just realising how common high blood pressure is as it's something many people I know seem to have trouble with. Great post :-)

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