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P750-A 7 Steps to a Healthy Heart

Inside the Workbook 7STEPS English Español A PAT IENT RESOURCE GUIDE TO A HEALTHY HEART Choices for Better Health Changing Health Outcomes by Improving Cardiovascular Education and Screenings Guiding Your Way Throughout this Patient Resource Guide, use these interactive features to add to your learning experience: Open PDF. Download or print pages that help you manage your heart health. To use this tool, install the free Adobe Acrobat Reader (http://get.adobe.com/reader/). Audio. Listen to the audio version of the pages you are viewing. To use this, make sure you have the most recent free copy of Adobe Flash Player (http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/). Highlighted Text. Click on any highlighted text (in red) and you will see a definition of that word. Learning Checks. Check what you have learned throughout this Guide. Help. Click the help button on the Menu Bar to get help using this Patient Resource Guide. Aa 2 DISCLAIMER: This guidebook is intended for informational purposes only, with the understanding that no one should rely upon this information as the basis for medical decisions. Anyone requiring medical or other healthcare services should consult a medical or healthcare professional. Any actions based on the information provided herein are entirely the responsibility of the user and/or of any medical or other healthcare professionals who advised such actions. Anyone who uses the suggested dietary and physical activity/exercise areas in this guidebook should consult a medical or healthcare provider before starting a diet or physical activity/exercise program. The ABC has used reasonable efforts to include timely and accurate information in this guidebook. Accordingly, the sponsor, partners, producers, and others make no representations or warranties, expressed or implied, regarding the accuracy or completeness of the information provided herein and specifically disclaim any liability, expressed or implied, in connection therewith. Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Step 1 Be Spiritually Active . 4 Attend a Place of Worship Use Coping Strategies Laughter is Good Medicine Recipe for Healthy Living Step 2 Take Charge of Your Blood Pressure . 9 Measuring Blood Pressure Controlling Blood Pressure Step 3 Control Your Cholesterol . 12 What is Coronary Heart Disease? What is Cholesterol? Good and Bad Cholesterol Measuring Blood Cholesterol Controlling Cholesterol Familial Hypercholesterolemia Checking Triglycerides What is Atherosclerosis? Controlling Atherosclerosis Step 4 Track Your Blood Sugar .20 Testing for Diabetes Fasting Plasma Glucose Test Results (mg/dL) Managing Diabetes: A1C Tests Prevention and Control Step 5 Eat Smart & Enjoy Regular Exercise .24 Cut Fat and Cholesterol Enjoy Fruits and Vegetables Enjoy Regular Exercise Exercise Daily Follow an Exercise Plan Manage Your Weight Step 6 Don’t Use Tobacco .32 Have a “Quit Plan” Track Your Triggers Choose a Tobacco Cessation Product to Help Tobacco: Working Through Withdrawal Keep Yourself Busy Learn from Slip-Ups Be Prepared Get Lots of Support Step 7 Access Better Healthcare . 36 Common Barriers to Equal Access to Healthcare Stay Up-to-Date on Treatments: A-fib, Aspirin, Stroke, Angina, Heart Attacks Immunizations The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Resources . 44 Glossary . 45 This publication is brought to you as a public health service by the Association of Black Cardiologists and Krames Staywell through an educational grant from Bristol Myers Squibb Company, Genentech, Novartis, and Gilead.


P750-A 7 Steps to a Healthy Heart
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