Tips for Having High Blood Pressure & High Cholestero
Having High Blood Pressure Published: 04/15/08 (HealthDay News) -- Having high blood pressure puts you at higher-than-normal risk of heart disease and stroke, among other medical problems. Here are risk factors that may make you more likely to develop high blood pressure, courtesy of the American Heart Association: • Being significantly overweight or obese. • Eating a diet that's too high in sodium (salt). • Drinking alcohol to excess, or too frequently. • Getting insufficient exercise. • Feeling too much stress or anxiety. • Having a family history of high blood pressure. • Being African-American. • Being age 35 or older.
If You Have High Cholesterol Published: 04/16/08 (HealthDay News) -- Too much cholesterol -- a fatty, wax-like substance -- raises your risk of heart disease. But the problem can be controlled with changes in diet exercise, and if necessary, medication. The American Heart Association suggests these questions to ask your doctor when discussing treatment for your high cholesterol: • What are my cholesterol levels, and what's considered a healthy goal? • How often should I have my cholesterol checked, and how long should it take me to reach a healthy cholesterol level? • What types of foods should I eat? How does smoking affect my cholesterol? • Should I lose weight? • Do I need to exercise more? • Should I take medication designed to lower my cholesterol? • How does cholesterol medication work, and are there any side effects I should know about?
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