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Get a Life Check & Become More Heart Healthy!

December 22, 2010

With a little punctuation, that title could read:

Get a Life!

Check.

But My Life Check “was designed by the American Heart Association with the goal of improved health by educating the public on how best to live. These measures have one unique thing in common: any person can make these changes, the steps are not expensive to take and even modest improvements to your health will make a big difference. Start with one or two. This simple, seven step list has been developed to deliver on the hope we all have--to live a long, productive healthy life.”

A Life Check for Heart HealthThe seven steps they mention are so simple, they call them “Life’s Simple7” and they are:

  1. Get Active
  2. Eat Better
  3. Lose Weight
  4. Stop Smoking
  5. Control Cholesterol
  6. Manage Blood Pressure
  7. Reduce Blood Sugar

If you click “The Simple Seven” at the top of the screen, it will take you to a page that educates you about the importance of managing your blood pressure.  Here are the basics:

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a widely misunderstood medical condition.

High blood pressure is the single most significant risk factor for heart disease. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can injure or kill you. It's sometimes called "the silent killer" because it has no symptoms.

Blockages and blood clots mean less blood can get to our vital organs, and without blood, the tissue dies. That’s why high blood pressure can lead to stroke, heart attack, kidney failure, and even heart failure.

You don’t have to wait until the New Year to make a resolution to get active and start eating better. You can start now, and use the fun assessment tool to chart your progress! There’s more to it too, and we’ll talk about it more in future posts.