Did you know that each year more than 600,000 Americans die of heart disease? Even worse, African Americans die of heart disease and stroke at a 33 percent higher rate than other Americans. Did you also know that heart disease and stroke kill more African Americans than cancer, accidents, pneumonia, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, liver failure, suicide, and homicide combined? Even if you don’t die from heart disease or a stroke, it can spoil the quality of your life. As many as half of all African Americans living today will eventually suffer a debilitating illness or death from a disease of the heart or blood vessels. It doesn’t have to be that way. There is a lot you can do to help prevent heart disease by getting regular health checkups, eating right, and staying active. This booklet is designed to help educate you on making the lifestyle changes that lead the way to a longer, healthier, more fulfilling life. You may seek medical care immediately when you have a health problem; and maybe, you always follow your doctor’s advice and prescription, but do you also know the importance of good preventive care? Are you aware of your blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol values? When was the last time you had a check-up or examined your diet and exercise routine? Growing older does not have to bring health worries, 3 How to Use This Booklet This booklet explains how you can choose a healthy lifestyle and help prevent high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attack, stroke, and other health problems. Take a few minutes to look through this booklet. It has useful information that will help you follow the 7 Steps to a Healthy Heart: 1. Be spiritually active. 2. Take charge of your blood pressure. 3. Control your cholesterol. 4. Track your blood sugar. 5. Eat smart and enjoy regular exercise. 6. Don’t use tobacco. 7. Access better health care. Use the charts and worksheets in each chapter to record important information about your health and lifestyle. At the back of this booklet you will find a list of resources where you can obtain more information about healthy living. Following the guidance in this booklet will help give you the inspiration and knowledge that you need to enjoy a long, healthy, and fulfilling life. Introduction dependency, or limitations on your activities. By taking steps to prevent cardiovascular disease, you can live longer and have an active, fulfilling life at any age. Use the step-by-step guide in this booklet to set goals that will help you thrive. Discuss your goals with your healthcare provider, and use the charts in this book to record your progress. Your efforts and your successes will inspire others in your family and community toward healthier living. So, why not start setting the right example, now. Together, with your help, the help of your healthcare provider and this booklet, our families can enjoy a brighter, healthier future. Now is the time to take the right steps, so let’s get started!
P750-A 7 Steps to a Healthy Heart
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