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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) documents an average of 70 million adults as having high blood pressure (BP). This value accounts for 1 in every 3 adult with BP readings higher than normal. The CDC also shares the dangers of high blood pressure stating, “More than 360,000 American deaths in 2013 included high blood pressure as a primary or contributing cause. That is almost 1,000 deaths each day.

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February is heart health month and the perfect time to focus on cardiovascular wellness! The heart is recognized as one of the body’s most vital organs. This fist-sized organ fuels the entire body with life. That’s a pretty big responsibility! Implementing healthy choices is key towards prevention of heart disease and promotion of cardiovascular health. Empower yourself this month with proactive steps towards a healthy heart by introducing a diet low in cholesterol, exercising, smoking cessation, and scheduling annual examinations. 

Shine some love into your heart this month. Here are some Heart-Healthy Tips:

1. Stay active: Exercise is an important contributor to cardiovascular heath by promoting circulatory blood flow and healthy weight. Depending on your health needs, there are various exercise options to enhance physical activity. Consult with your physician for an exercise regimen that's suitable for your health needs. Here are some ideas: Yoga, Tai Chi, walking, jogging, bicycling, swimming, and hiking.

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David considered himself to be a “healthy” sixty-five year-old man.  He was not fond of doctor visits, and insurance premiums were too costly for his family of eight. While interviewing David, he responded, “I’m sixty-five in age, but feel like twenty at heart!” David hasn’t seen a physician for over 30 years, and although he felt “healthy” further testing would be needed to rule-out any underlying heath concerns. This was a great opportunity to share with David, tests and procedures recommended for seniors within his age group.

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