Heart Health

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Take it to Heart!

  • Heart disease is the number one cause of death among adults in the U.S..
  • Heart disease can be avoided by maintaining a healthy diet, regular exercise and low stress.
  • Heart disease can be prevented by being more physically active and exercising at least 30 minutes a day.
  • Heart disease can also be prevented by maintaining a healthy diet low in saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol and salt.
  • See your fred’s Pharmacist for other ways to stay heart healthy.
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What is Blood Pressure?

  • The force of blood against the artery walls.
  • High Blood Pressure (hypertension) = too much force; the heart is working too hard.
  • During each heartbeat, blood pressure varies between a maximum (systolic) and a minimum (diastolic) pressure.

What do Blood Pressure
numbers mean?

  • Top number (systolic) = the pressure when your heart is beating
  • Bottom number (diastolic) = the pressure when your heart is resting

Systolic:
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Diastolic:
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What are the potential risks
from High Blood Pressure?

  • Damage to the heart, blood vessels, eyes and other vital organs.
  • Uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to stroke, heart attack, congestive heart failure and kidney failure.

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