February is Healthy Heart Month! There are so many things we can do to help keep our hearts healthy. Eat healthy foods that are low in salt and trans fat. We can exercise by walking or taking the stairs instead of the escalator. Switch from sugary drinks to water. The best resource is your doctor and she, or he can help you come up with a personal prevention plan. Your doctor can help you best when you schedule a yearly check up. Yearly check ups are a fantastic way to make sure potential heart conditions or problems are found early. High blood pressure is not always obvious, you can't see it, and you can't always feel it. How do you make sure your blood pressure is good when high blood pressure doesn't have any symptoms? Your yearly check ups are a great start, but you don't want that to be the only attention your heart gets this year.
Automatic blood pressure monitors are a great tool to have at home. With large easy to read digital screens, these monitors are easier to use than ever. Automatic blood pressure monitors take the guess work out of taking your blood pressure. The best part is, you can take your blood pressure with ease by yourself, without a separate stethoscope! Many of the digital monitors will even track a certain number of readings for you. This is a great tool for doctor's appointments, and charting how you are doing over time.
Yearly check ups with your doctor, monitor your blood pressure at home, eat healthy, drink lots of water, exercise often, and your heart will be on the path to being healthy and happy.