The Heart Of The Matter

Thursday, May 26, 2011

On April 2o, 2011 I was Hospitalized with Hypertension Crises, Ruled Out Mini Stroke. Since then I have been home recovering, reading up on more Information about High Blood Pressure

which by the way measures the force of Blood against your Artery Walls. When it's consistenly high, it can WAKEN YOUR BLOOD VESSELS and significantly increase your risk of HEART ATTACK, STROKE and KIDNEY FAILURE.

I'm Thankful I got passed all those mentioned above by taking control and making Lifestyle Changes.

*Cut Down On SALT

You should be eating 2,300 milligrams of sodium aday.
Limit Salt by Buy fresh, plain frozen or canned vgegies that say " NO SALT ADDED" Use Fresh meat and FIsh. Use Herbs, Spices and Salt-Free seasoning blends, Cut back on Instant Rice, Pasta, or Cereal which tends to have added Salt.
Rinse canned foods, such as Tuna look for low- or reduced-Sodium, or NO SALT -ADDED.
Remember, Kosher Salt and Sea Salt are just that- SALT !

*STRESS LESS-Too much Stress can cause HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, an IRREGULAR HEART BEAT and WEAKEN your IMMUNE SYSTEM slowing down don't overcroud your schedule, getting enough Sleep, Exercising and Taking time to Relax.

*EXERCISE-30 to 60 minutes aday, break down your sessions to 10-minute Intervals through the day.

*LIMIT ALCOHOL- Though can actually lower your Blood Pressure at the time you are drinking it. When it wears off it makes your Blood Pressure Rise.You don't have to cut out alcohol all together, but LIMIT how much you drink.

Knowledge is Power, after my Hospital Stay I can never read enough Informatio on my High Blood Pressure.

I'm doing better with my new medication at this point.

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    Glad to hear you are recovering and have learned how to take good care of your blood vessels.
    3670 days ago
  • -PAULA
    I'm so glad you are better and learning how to control the hypertension. I appreciate your posting this blog, DH was just diagnosed this week and I've learned so much just from reading your blog and the comments. I have so much more to learn but you have motivated me to get out there and research. Thanks for sharing with us.
    3710 days ago
    emoticon Sounds like a rough time...do you have a copy of the D.A.S.H. program? (Dietary Approach to Stopping Hypertension, I think...) It's available online and in book form (why buy the book when it's free online?) Here are several links you may find helpful:

    m/consumers/ho/nut.dash.diet.pdf (actually, if you go to www.healthyinfo.com/consumers, about halfway down, you will find a section on Heart Health that contains several references to DASH)


    If you are interested, I have several .pdf DASH cookbooks that I will share if you send me your e-mail address. (I don't know how to make attachments in SparkMail.)

    3710 days ago
    So good to hear from you again! Scary that you had to go through that, too. Glad that you're all right. It's an eye opener how much salt is in processed food. Will share your blog with others, and refer back to it for myself.

    3712 days ago
    Nice blog! People don't realize that 2,300mg of salt is one Teaspoon!!! I've learned so many salt free ways to season my foods, like with pure Madras Curry, Smoked Paprika, Smoked Chipotle Pepper, Garlic & Onion Powder, using marinades like lemon juice, lime juice, balsamic vinegar, plain rice vinegar. All can give great flavor to foods without the added salt, and I add chopped garlic to practically everything!!!

    Thanks for sharing, keep getting your rest too!
    - Tia
    3712 days ago
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