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FEATURE STORY
February is Healthy Heart Month

IN THE NEWS
For Lower Blood Pressure, Kids Should Skip the Salt

CHECKLIST
Risk Factors & Lifestyle Changes

COOKING CORNER
Brandied Cherry Scones

VITAMINS & MINERALS
CoQ10 Brings Down Blood Pressure

HERBAL REMEDIES
Guggul Gets At Triglycerides

EVERYDAY ANSWERS
Is There a Diet Specifically Targeted at Hypertension?

Checklist

Risk Factors for Heart Disease
Abdominal fat
Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
High blood pressure (over 120/80 mmHg)
High cholesterol (over 200 mg/dl), low HDL (less than 40 mg/dl)
High homocysteine
High triglycerides

Lifestyle Changes
Get smoke free
Watch what you eat—Focus on fruit, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, fish; avoid fats and salt
Get active—Exercising regularly will keep your heart healthy and help you quit smoking
Get tested—See your doctor to check your blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides, and glucose

 


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