Quitting smoking can lower your blood pressure, risk for heart attack, and risk for heart disease. People who smoke are more likely to develop heart disease, are at greater risk of sudden death after a heart attack, and are twice as likely to die from a stroke compared to those who don’t smoke. Learn how smoking increases your risk of heart attack or visit our Tobacco Cessation Online Health Center for resources to help you quit.
Keep Your Blood Pressure Under Control
About 75 percent of people who have a stroke, heart attack or heart failure also have high blood pressure. High blood pressure (or hypertension) is called a “silent killer” because people who have it often feel no physical symptoms. Learn How to Control Your Blood Pressure in Hill Physicians' Heart Health Control Center...
Adopt the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension
In one recent study, people who followed the DASH diet for eight weeks lowered their risk for heart disease by 18% compared to those eating a typical American diet. To learn more view our DASH diet ActionSet or download the National Institute of Health’s DASH Eating Plan.
Paced Breathing for Hypertension
Practicing slow, paced breathing rhythm allows muscles and blood vessels to relax, leading to improved blood flow and lower blood pressure. Listen to our free paced breathing podcasts here...
Reduce Stress and Negative Emotions
Stress can increase blood pressure. Use our stress reduction tools to alleviate stress in your life. Listen and learn stress reduction and emotional wellness techniques with our Heart Health Stress Management Tools...
Learn More About High Blood Pressure
See our High Blood Pressure health library topic for more information.
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Keep Your Cholesterol in Check
High cholesterol levels can lead to build up in your arteries, making it harder for your heart to pump blood. The good news is that there are many things you can do to control high cholesterol. Learn more about high cholesterol and how to control it here...
If You Have Diabetes, Keep It Under Control
Diabetes can cause the arteries that supply blood to the heart to harden and narrow faster than in people without diabetes. Visit our Diabetes Online Health Center for resources on living well with diabetes.
Get and Stay Active
Being active every day can reduce your risk for heart problems and prevent or control high cholesterol and high blood pressure. See our health library topic Fitness: Getting and Staying Active here...
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Research shows that excess weight and unhealthy eating habits are proven risk factors for developing heart disease.
Learn more about weight management for heart health in Hill Physicians' Heart Health Control Center here...
Adopt Healthy Coping Skills for Stressful Situations
Those with healthy coping skills are at lower risk for developing heart disease than those who tend to act out in response to stressful events or keep things bottled up.
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Talk to Your Doctor About Aspirin Therapy
Daily low-dose aspirin can reduce heart attack and stroke risk for people with higher-risk conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, and a family history of heart problems. Use our decision guide Aspirin: Should I Take Daily Aspirin to Prevent a Heart Attack or Stroke? to guide a discussion with your doctor to decide whether daily aspirin is right for you.
Make Heart Health Decisions That Are Right for You
You are an important partner in making decisions about your healthcare. Our Shared Decision-Making tools have important questions and answers to help you make the right decisions.
Get started with Hill Physicians' Shared Decision-Making aids.
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