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As you started into the new year,
did you resolve to have healthier
habits? Many people do. But a long-term
study found that Americans
are not doing as well as they were
20 years ago in maintaining a heart-healthy
lifestyle. And that increases
their chances of having a heart at-tack,
stroke, or heart disease.
Life's Simple 7. In the study, the
percentage of Americans who met
all these heart-healthy lifestyle
goals-what the American Heart As-sociation
calls Life's Simple 7-
dropped from 8.5 percent to 5.8
percent:
• Eat a balanced diet
• Be active
• Manage your weight
• Don't use tobacco
• Maintain ideal levels of blood
sugar, cholesterol, and blood pres-sure
Best for women. In the past, it
was thought that hormones pro-tected
women from heart disease
until menopause. Now we know
that's not the case. But two recent
studies show that there may be
subtle differences in what's best for
women and men.
In one study, women who fol-lowed
these six habits cut their risk
of heart attack by a whopping 92
percent.
• Don't smoke.
• Maintain a normal body mass
index (BMI).
• Exercise-moderately to vigor-ously-
at least 2.5 hours a week.
• Watch no more than seven
hours of TV each week.
• Drink no more than one alco-holic
beverage each day.
• Eat plenty of fruits and veg-etables,
whole grains, and fish or
omega-3 fatty acids. Limit sugary
drinks, processed and red meats,
trans fats, and sodium.
Even women who adopted just one
or two of these healthy habits low-ered
their heart risk, with a normal
BMI having the greatest impact.
Best for men. A Swedish study
tracked 20,000 men and found that
men with the following habits cut their
risk of heart attack by 86 percent:
• Don't smoke.
• Eat a healthy diet.
• Drink no more than two alco-holic
drinks a day.
• Stay physically active, for ex-ample,
walking or cycling at least 40
minutes a day.
• Maintain a waist circumference
of less than 37 inches.
• For men, healthy diet and mod-erate
drinking appeared to have the
most impact on reducing their heart
risks.
Know your numbers. So where
should you begin? One place to start
is to know your numbers. That in-cludes
blood sugar, cholesterol, and
blood pressure-as well as your
weight. The next step is to talk with
your doctor about ways to improve.
We can also give you tips on
tracking-and improving-these criti-cal
numbers. For example, if you
want to track your blood pressure
at home, we’ll advise you on how
best to do that. Remember: High
blood pressure is a "silent killer," so
the only way to know whether or not
it's lurking is to check it.
In fact, nearly 30 percent of
Americans have high blood pres-sure.
And, nearly half don't have it
under control with either lifestyle
habits or medication. If your doctor
has prescribed blood pressure
medication, be sure to take it. For
some people, that's the only way to
keep it at bay.
If you have any questions regard-ing
your medications please feel
free to ask our pharmacists; we are
here to help.
Nothing herein constitutes medical advice,
diagnosis or treatment, or is a substitute for
professional advice. You should always seek
the advice of your physician or other medi-cal
professional if you have questions or con-cerns
about a medical condition.
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