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American Heart Health Month

American Heart Health Month

ASK MR. PEDOMETER AND FRIENDS…

February 13, 2019

Q:  Mr. Pedometer, is it just a coincidence that the month that includes Valentine’s Day also is American Heart Health Month?  Or was that clever marketing?

A:  You have to admit, the “coincidence” makes it easier to remember!  American Heart Health Month - Woman SleepingThe Spry Living magazine insert in the East Bay Times offered these three reminders about heart health (which we have paraphrased):

  • KEEP MOVING!-

    You need to be active for at least 30 minutes a day, but it can be divided into three 10-minute sessions, if that fits your schedule better.

  • STAY CALM –

    Reduce your stress level by listening to your favorite music or by chatting with friends. (On Saturday mornings, our walk ‘n’ talk sessions combine these first two tips in a fun way.)

  • SLEEP ENOUGH –

    Sleep 7 ¼  hours (or more) every night for the best heart-protecting benefits.

The best Valentine’s Day gift you can give those you care about (and who care about you) is to stay healthy.  That’s why I always encourage you to…

EAT RIGHT,  MOVE MORE,  SLEEP WELL

Nearly Half the Adults in the USA Have Some Form of Cardiovascular Disease

Nearly Half the Adults in the USA Have Some Form of Cardiovascular Disease

You may be shocked (as I was) to read that nearly half the adults in the USA have some form of cardiovascular disease.  The reason?  Guidelines have changed for classifying high blood pressure.

At my recent physical exam, I was dismayed to be told that I have high blood pressure.  How common is this condition? 

As reported by Brett Molina in USA Today, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology in 2017 “updated its guidelines to define high blood pressure as a reading higher than 130/80, down from the original 140/90.

“According to the study from the American Heart Association, 121.5 million Americans, digital blood pressure monitor on a white backgroundor about 48.5 percent, dealt with heart or blood vessel disease as of 2016.  The study says that deaths from cardiovascular disease rose from more than 836,000 in 2015 to more than 840,000 in 2016.”

“When cases of high blood pressure are removed, the prevalence of cardiovascular disease among Americans is 9 percent, or 24.3 million Americans.”

It is important that you take your new diagnosis seriously and follow your doctor’s advice in order to avoid a premature, preventable death.  Chances are, the doctor’s advice will include…

EAT RIGHT, AND MOVE MORE TO BE WELL