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An Introduction to Heart Health

Your heart is a muscle, the center of your cardiovascular system, that pumps blood to all parts of your body. This blood gives your body oxygen and the nourishment it needs to function properly. Keeping your heart healthy, especially as you get older, is one of the most valuable things you can do in order to live a long, happy, and healthy life.

This year with higi YOU CAN take control of your heart health by visiting a higi station and learn more about you blood pressure, weight, and body mass index (BMI) – all things to track the health of your heart and body.

Learn more about heart health below and check back with us regularly for more educational information on all things heart health.

Signs and symptoms of high blood pressure

The American Heart Association considers high blood pressure a “silent killer” because you may not feel that anything is wrong even though it may be causing damage that can impact your health. This means that you will experience no symptoms or signs to alert you if there is an issue, which is why keeping track of your numbers is so important. If you ignore your blood pressure numbers you can increase your likelihood of death from heart attack (3x) and stroke (4x)1.

Health problems associated with high blood pressure

In most cases, the damage done by high blood pressure, otherwise known as hypertension takes place over time. High blood pressure can lead to heart attacks, strokes, heart failure, kidney disease/failure, vision loss, sexual dysfunction, angina, peripheral artery disease1.

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Did you know you can make some simple changes to help prevent high blood pressure?

Choose healthful meals and snacks that include fresh fruit and vegetables and avoid foods high in salt.

Cigarette smoking raises your blood pressure and puts you at a higher risk for heart attack and stroke. If you do smoke, talk to your health care provider for help.

Make sure that you have your blood pressure measured regularly. High blood pressure often occurs with no symptoms, so only blood pressure readings will tell you if your blood pressure is on the rise. Stop at the higi station to learn more about your health numbers.

Some examples of aerobic exercise you may try to lower blood pressure include walking, jogging, cycling, swimming or dancing. See how well you’re doing by checking your body mass index (BMI) at a higi station.

Excessive alcohol use can lead to an increased risk of health problems. For more information visit the CDC.

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