Tips For A Healthy Heart

From Dr. Paul D. Thompson, Chief of Cardiology, Hartford Hospital

1. Take a daily aspirin if you are a man over 40 or a woman over 50 and do not have a history of gastrointestinal bleeding, reflux esophagitis or increased bleeding.

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2. Walk a minimum of 30 minutes every single day.
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5. Get your blood pressure measured at least twice a year.

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6.  If you need cholesterol or blood pressure medications, take them faithfully.

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7.  If you smoke, quit.

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8.  See your doctor promptly if you develop any new symptoms of heartburn or indigestion, especially if they come on with exertion and go away with rest.

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9.  If you think you are having a heart attack, don’t take any chances. Don’t drive yourself to the hospital. Call 911, stay put and chew a regular aspirin tablet.

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10. Don’t worry, be happy. The happiest, most optimistic people not only appear to live longer, but have happier lives.baby boomers Tips For A Healthy Heart

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