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April 24, 2006

An Intro To Lowering Your Blood Pressure

Simple and easy ways to lowering your blood pressure without prescription medication.

The process of lowering blood pressure does not necessarily require a trip to your doctor. In fact, there are many ways that you can be proactive about lowering blood pressure for yourself. I'm Heart Healthy Henry and I'm here to give you some tips and tricks to keeping your blood pressure low without the need for prescription medicines.

Cut out the Bad Stuff

The first step towards lowering blood pressure is to cut out the bad stuff that you may be taking into your body. Here is a short list of some of the biggest no no's if you are trying to reduce your blood pressure and some ways you can mitigate the effects of these items.

Salt

Salt is a large contributing factor to high blood pressure. Choosing foods low in salt or using a salt substitute are good ways to keep your salt intake low.

Alcohol

Alcohol is also a large contributor to high blood pressure. By moderating your alcohol use you will be helping your body to reduce your blood pressure. Generally, your alcohol intake should not exceed one to two drinks per day.

Fat

Too much fat intake, in addition to excessive body weight, greatly increases your blood pressure. Eating low-fat foods and maintaining a healthy body weight in relation to your height will put less strain on your heart and subsequently lower your blood pressure.

Bring in the Good Stuff

Cutting out the bad stuff is the best way to start down the road to lowering blood pressure, but it will only get you so far. Bringing in the good stuff will further help you to reach your goal. The following are a few things that you should bring in to your life to assist you in lowering blood pressure.

Exercise

The best thing to add to your daily routine is exercise. Exercise will not only make you feel good, but it will also help in lowering blood pressure and can reduce your risks of heart related problems.

Supplements

Supplements provide a quick and easy way to maintain proper amounts of the minerals and nutrients that your body needs for optimal performance.

Supplements such as those located here can help you to in maintaining proper health and can help in lowering blood pressure.

Knowledge

Though it may seem odd at first glance, bringing in knowledge will help you stay informed about what is good for your body and what is not. This is often the first and best step to lowering blood pressure and maintaining a healthy and problem-free lifestyle.

April 16, 2006

Meet Your Carotid Artery

An introduction to your carotid artery, an overview of what it does and how to take care of it.

Put your fingertips up to the pulse in your throat. Do you feel it pulsing? That is carotid artery. Your carotid artery is the vessel that is responsible for bringing blood from the heart to the brain.

Without your carotid artery, your brain would not be able to get the oxygen it needs in order to function properly. It’s important to keep your carotid artery clear and healthy in order to maintain optimal health.

Taking Care of Your Carotid Artery

Taking care of your carotid artery is as simple as taking care of your entire body. In fact, if you’re taking care of your entire cardiovascular system, your carotid artery is already being taken care of. If you’re not sure how to take care of your cardiovascular system, we’re going to discuss some ways for you to do that.

Cholesterol and Plaque

If you want your carotid artery to remain free and clear of plaque, you’re going to need to eat a healthy diet. This means eating a diet that is high in fruits, vegetables and fiber and staying away from fatty foods and foods that are high in cholesterol and sodium.

It’s also important to take dietary supplements that can help keep the cholesterol in your body from harming your carotid artery. Supplements like the one available at LowerYourCholesterolNow.com will help keep your body in control of your cholesterol levels and free from plaque in your carotid artery.

Exercise

Exercise is also important to the health of your carotid artery. Without exercise, your heart isn’t getting the exercise it needs and if your heart isn’t getting the exercise it needs, your carotid artery isn’t as healthy as it could be either.

What Happens If You Don’t Take Care of Your Carotid Artery?

If you don’t eat a healthy diet and you don’t get regular exercise, plaque will build up in the walls of your carotid artery. As this plaque builds up, the artery will narrow and stiffen. Eventually, enough plaque can build up to restrict the blood flow through the carotid artery. This is called carotid artery disease. Carotid artery disease can result in stroke and can be deadly.

When it comes to your carotid artery, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure so taking care of your carotid artery and all of your body’s arteries should be top on your list of health priorities.

April 9, 2006

Have You Taken A Cardiac Stress Test Lately?

What a cardiac stress test is and when they should be taken.

When you’re at rest, some forms of cardiac disease could possibly be missed. That is why cardiac stress tests are so important.

At rest, the heart may be functioning just fine, but when more is asked of the heart, that is when symptoms may begin to present themselves. I’m Heart Healthy Henry and I’m going to explain to you what a cardiac stress test is, who should have one and how often they should be performed.

A Cardiac Stress Test Overview

During a cardiac stress test, you’re attacked to an ECG machine and a blood pressure cuff is attached to your arm. When the stress test begins, you stand still for a few moments while the machines take your baseline readings. Then you begin to perform a low level of exercise such as treadmill exercise or a stationary bicycle.

Every few minutes, the level of exercise is increased as the ECG machine and blood pressure cuff continue to take your readings. With a maximal cardiac stress test, this procedure is continued until the patient can no longer perform the exercises due to physical limitations.

Who Should Have a Cardiac Stress Test?

You should undergo a cardiac stress test if you are planning on starting a new exercise regimen and you are 45 years of age or older, have any of the risk factors of coronary artery disease, or have any cardiovascular or metabolic disorders.

Risks of Cardiac Stress Tests

As long as the stress test is being performed by a qualified physician, there is little to no risk associated with a cardiac stress test. There is, however, the risk of stress due to a false positive. It’s important to remember that up to 20 percent of stress tests result in false positive results.

While having a stress test may mean going out of your way to schedule an appointment with your physician, it’s better to be safe than sorry and if the test catches something before damage is done, you’ll be happy you had one.

April 2, 2006

The Importance of Blood Pressure Monitoring

Why blood pressure monitoring is important and when and how to do it.

Even if you’re not worried about developing high blood pressure, blood pressure monitoring is extremely important to your health. I’m Heart Healthy Henry and I’m going to explain why blood pressure monitoring is so important.

The Silent Killer

High blood pressure isn’t called the silent killer for no reason. Even if you’re not experiencing any prior symptoms, you can suddenly experience a heart attack or stroke due to high blood pressure. That’s why blood pressure monitoring is so important. It may be the only way you can catch your high blood pressure before it is too late.

Monitoring Your Blood Pressure

There are different ways blood pressure monitoring can occur. If you can afford one, you should probably buy a quality blood pressure monitor from your local drug store. This way you will be able to monitor your blood pressure on a regular basis from the comfort of your own home.

If you can’t afford a blood pressure monitor, you’ll need to stop by your local drug store to see if they have a blood pressure machine that you can use. Many stores have these machines available by the prescription area and they are there for customers to use free of charge.

If you do not wish to buy a blood pressure monitor and your local drug store does not have a machine for you to use for your blood pressure monitoring, you’ll want to make regular appointments with your doctor (every six months to a year) to have your blood pressure monitored.

Managing Your Blood Pressure

In addition to blood pressure monitoring, blood pressure management is also important. By managing your blood pressure, you’ll be less likely to suffer the deadly complications caused by high blood pressure.

Managing your blood pressure includes eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly and taking dietary supplements like the one located at LowerYourCholesterolNow.com.

With the right combination of blood pressure monitoring and blood pressure management you’ll be more likely to catch high blood pressure before damage can be done, should it occur.

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