You could have high blood pressure and not know it. Since it has no symptoms, it’s called a “silent killer.”
If you’re one of the millions of adults who need to manage their blood pressure, you can start today with these nine tips.
1. Hold the French fries and other salty foods. Choose low-sodium and no-salt-added foods. Limit the amount of salt that you cook with. You shouldn’t eat more than a teaspoon of salt (which has 2,300 milligrams of sodium) per day if you’re healthy. Some people have an...
"There’s a lot of reason to believe you can trump your family history or promote a healthier, longer life if you focus as early as possible on the risk factors you can control,” says cardiologist Donald Lloyd-Jones, MD, of Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine.
If you find yourself doing any of the following five things, make a change for your heart's sake:
1. Sit and Be Still
You may have heard that "sitting is the new smoking." It's true: Spending a lot of time seated is bad for you. Inactive people are nearly twice as likely to develop heart disease as those who are more active, according to the surgeon general.
Lack of exercise can harm your heart in many ways. For example, it can lead you to high blood pressure and unhealthy cholesterol levels.
It’s not just about working out. You need to move more throughout your day.
The fix: Even a little bit can make a big difference. Get up from your chair more often at work. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise (like a brisk walk) on most days of the week.
2. Ignore What Your Heart Tells You
Trying to convince yourself that the discomfort in your chest is just heartburn? It might be, but it could also be a warning sign that you have a condition or are having a heart attack.
"Don’t miss an opportunity to protect yourself," says cardiologist Mark Urman, MD, of Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles.
The fix: If you have any of the following symptoms, call 911 right away. Prompt treatment could save your life.
Chest pain or discomfort
Unexplained shortness of breath
Discomfort in one or both arms, or in the back, shoulders, neck, or jaw