Valentine’s Day is the day of love. People everywhere shower their loved ones in gifts to show how much they care. But we think the perfect present this Valentine’s Day (and every day!) is the gift of a healthy heart.
February is Heart Health month, a great time to start making small changes that can lead to a lifetime of heart health!
How do you keep your heart healthy?
Know your blood pressure and keep it under control. Hypertension (or high blood pressure) is a risk factor for coronary heart disease and the single most important risk factor for a stroke. A BP greater than 140/90 should be monitored by your doctor.
Know your cholesterol levels and keep them under control. Abnormal levels of fats in the blood are a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. A simple blood test can check your levels if you think they may be high.
Get tested for diabetes and if you have it, keep it under control. If you have uncontrolled blood sugars, your blood vessels become prone to damage. Individuals with diabetes are two to four times more likely to develop cardiovascular disease than those without diabetes.