More than 67 million Americans have high blood pressure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), making them much more likely to die from stroke or heart disease. At Guardian, we consider ourselves the Heart of Your Connected Home, but we wanted to make sure you’re also thinking about your physical heart this February.
Do you have high blood pressure? The fact is, if you don’t regularly have your blood pressure checked, you may have no idea that it is dangerously high. There are often no signs or symptoms of high blood pressure, but luckily, a quick doctor’s office visit can tell you all you need to know about your blood pressure.
The CDC suggests that knowing and controlling your blood pressure should be your goal to keep your heart healthy. If you’re working towards controlling your blood pressure, here are some great resources.
- Million Hearts– Million Hearts is teaming up with the CDC to provide resources for doctors and patients as a part of a national effort to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes in the United States by 2017. They have wonderful resources from heart-healthy recipes, meal plans and inspiring articles about getting healthier.
- American Heart Association (AHA)– The AHA has a support network for people who have a heart condition or survived a heart attack or stroke. There are even resources for caregivers. Whatever you have questions about, the AHA website is a great place to start.
- The CDC– The CDC has detailed statistics and many resources for various risk factors for heart disease, heart attack, and stroke including smoking and high blood pressure.
If you or a family member is struggling to control your blood pressure, it might be wise to invest in a monitored medical pendant device so that you can easily notify emergency medical personnel in the case of a heart emergency.