No illness kills more women in the United States than heart disease. And the latest research shows that one of the best ways to protect yourself is to control your blood pressure. Here’s how.
❑ Get going. Daily activity like gardening and cleaning can lower your BP. Your target should be the normal zone (120/80 or below).
❑ Move faster. Set aside 30 minutes a day for brisk walking, bicycling or aerobics. Break sessions into shorter segments if necessary.
❑ Don’t smoke. Yeah, we know you’ve heard this a million times. (It’s also best to limit alcohol to no more than two drinks per day.)
❑ Fill up on vegetables, fruits and low-fat dairy foods.
❑ Monitor your numbers. You can check your BP quickly and easily at many drugstores.
❑ Be aware. If you’re African-American, your hypertension risk is twice that of Caucasians, so talk strategy with your doctor.