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HSHS St. Mary's Promotes National Heart Month

More than 67 million Americans have high blood pressure, making it the leading cause of heart disease and stroke. “High blood pressure often shows no signs or symptoms,” said Dr. Kris Patel of Prairie Heart Institute at HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital. “That is why having your blood pressure checked regularly is so important.” HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital offers the following tips:
1.     Ask your doctor what your blood pressure should be. Set a goal to lower your blood pressure with your doctor. Work with your health care team to make sure you meet that goal.
2.     Take your blood pressure medicine as directed.  Set a timer on your phone to remind you to take your medicine at the same time each day. 
3.     Quit smoking or don’t start. Smoking is one of the leading contributors to heart disease.
4.     Reduce sodium intake. Most Americans consume too much salt, which can raise blood pressure. Check the nutrition facts on the food you eat.  
For more information about National Heart Month, please visithttp://www.cdc.gov/Features/HeartMonth/index.html.

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