More Information on ‘Cardiac Risk Factors’ in Honor of February ‘Heart Month.’
#1- STOP Smoking if you smoke. There are resources to help! (Contact us privately for confidential information on how to stop.)
This winter as people were out in the cold shoveling, I have overheard a number of them say as they were huffing and puffing, – “I wish I had never smoked!” Stopping smoking at any age can help improve your overall health! (www.lung.org)
#2- Control Blood Pressure
High Blood Pressure (HBP) has sometimes been called “the silent killer.” People typically do not have symptoms when they have HBP and may not be aware that it is damaging arteries, heart and other organs.
Have your physician check your blood pressure. Follow their advice for treatment. If they prescribe medication to treat HBP, take as directed. Do not stop taking your medication unless you discuss with your physician first. If you experience symptoms of lightheadedness or dizziness while on the medication, have your blood pressure re-checked and any medication adjustments under the guidance of your physician.
High blood pressure if left untreated can result in:
- Heart Attack
- Heart Failure
- Aortic Dissection and Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
- Peripheral Artery Disease
- Vision Loss
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Kidney Damage
Contact Your Physician if you have further questions about high blood pressure, other cardiac risk factors and how to stop smoking. (For more information about cardiac risk factors – www.aha.org)
Take Good Care of Your Heart All Year Round! ~ Karen Pischke B.S.N., R.N.
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