December 30, 2009

Small Health Changes, Big Results

By Kelley Luckstein

You know by now that trying to change your lifestyle all at once leaves you back where you started. But how about one simple switch? We talked to doctors and women like you who’ve experienced the power of a single health change…


To Protect Your Heart, Cardiovascular disease is the number-one killer of women over 40. Small steps can add up to serious protection.


Read pill labels to lower your blood pressure. "High blood pressure is so unsexy. Ideally, you want your systolic number to be less than 120. You can get there with regular exercise and a healthy, high-fiber diet that's low in salt and saturated fat. Also, avoid medications that raise blood pressure, such as birth control pills, anti-inflammatory drugs, cold medicines, and antidepressants. Consult your doctor for safer substitutes."


-- Sharonne Hayes, MD, director, Women's Heart Clinic at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.


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Tags: Cardiology, cardiovascular health, health lifestyle

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