Heart Health Tips

One in three American adults has high blood pressure (hypertension). Unresolved, high blood pressure leads to heart disease and stroke which are two of the leading causes of death in the United States. Learn how to lower your blood pressure and stay heart healthy with these tips from acac‘s p.r.e.p. Medical Director Dr. Gregory Degnan:

  1. If your blood pressure is controlled with medicine, be compliant.
  2. Weight loss of as little as 10 pounds can dramatically reduce blood pressure.
  3. Regular exercise is one of the best natural methods to reduce and control blood pressure. Getting 150 minutes a week of moderate intensity exercise (even in 10 minute increments) can aid tremendously in blood pressure control.
  4. Eating a diet that is rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy products and skimps on saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium can lower your blood pressure by up to 14 mm Hg.
  5. Reduce stress in your life or find stress-relief outlets.
  6. Limit alcohol consumption. Small amounts may be beneficial, but moderate to large amounts can elevate your pressure.
  7. Quit smoking and limit caffeine to small amounts. Both of these substances are chemicals which elevate your blood pressure.

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Download Dr. Degnan’s heart health tips or watch the video below for more information about a heart healthy diet.

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p.r.e.p. Member Magic

This month, stop by the p.r.e.p. area for a blood pressure check and make heart health a priority. Contact your local p.r.e.p. director for more information about upcoming p.r.e.p. Member Magic activities specific to your home club:

Charlottesville (Albemarle Square) – Kelly Kyriacopoulos, kellyk@acac.com
Charlottesville (Downtown) – Lori Perdue, loripe@acac.com
Midlothian – Jill Bunn, jillb@acac.com
Short Pump – Meredith Ledford, mael@acac.com
Timonium – Sarah Frazier, sarahfr@acac.com
Germantown – Kelly Pell, kellype@acac.com
West Chester – Gina Collins, ginaco@acac.com