Heart Health — High Blood Pressure and Cholesterol 

February Health Focus: Week 2

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High blood pressure that goes uncontrolled puts you at risk for many serious heart health problems. It can also affect your memory and your sexual function. The good news is that by keeping your blood pressure within a normal range, you can prevent most of these problems.  

  

The Meaning of Blood Pressure Numbers 

High Blood Pressure and Health Impacts 

Risk Factors for Hypertension  

 

Watch this video to learn ways to take an accurate blood pressure measurement. 

 

Lifestyle changes are the first step to treating high blood pressure and preventing heart attacks and strokes. 

 

Lower Blood Pressure with Lifestyle Changes 

Salt and Sodium: Limit to Reduce Blood Pressure 

  

Watch this video to learn the potential consequences of consuming a high sodium diet. 

 

High cholesterol causes plaque to build up in the walls of your arteries which can become narrowed and block blood flow to the heart muscle. High cholesterol itself does not cause any symptoms so you must be tested to find out what your cholesterol levels are. 

 

Cholesterol and Heart Disease 

How Plaque Buildup Can Cause Heart Attacks 

Lowering LDL Cholesterol to Reduce Risk for Heart Disease and Heart Attack 

 

Watch this video to learn what “bad” cholesterol or LDL does to the body. 

  

Salad dressing is simple to make and a good place to start reducing sodium in your diet! These delicious recipes taste great, are heart healthy, and have lower sodium content than most store-bought dressings.   

Try these healthy and tasty salad dressings!

  

Fresh Ginger & Lime Dressing 

Creamy Roasted Garlic Dressing 

Shallot, Mustard & Flaxseed Oil Dressing 

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