Protect Your Heart in Time for Valentine’s Day!

Posted on February 11, 2011

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The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control has recently reported that “two out of three U.S. adults with high cholesterol and half of U.S. adults with high blood pressure are not being treated effectively” (CDC).

The statistics show that:

  • 1 in 3 Adults has high blood pressure
  • 1 in 3 Adults with high blood pressure does not get treatment
  • 1 in 2 Adults with high blood pressure does not have it under control

and

  • 1 in 3 Adults has high cholesterol
  • 1 in 2 Adults with high cholesterol does not get treatment
  • 2 in 3 Adults with high cholesterol do not have it under control

With heart disease being the leading cause of death in the U.S., it is imperative that measures are taken to avoid these risk factors. There are plenty of lifestyle changes you can make in order to lower your blood pressure and high cholesterol. Examples include: limiting your sodium, alcohol and caffeine intake, eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, and exercising regularly. Taking these measures will reduce your risk for heart disease and ensure a healthy Valentine’s Day for you and your loved ones.

Be sure to search MedLine Plus for more facts about high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Also, click here for more information on the CDC report.

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