How to Get Healthier Heart Numbers

Follow these steps to lower your cholesterol, blood pressure and other numbers associated with heart health.

How to Get Healthier Heart Numbers

Your heart is central to staying healthy well into old age. The stronger it is and the better it beats, the better you’ll feel as you get older. Learn how you can keep your heart healthy in the years to come by knowing your numbers and following a few simple steps.

Blood Pressure by the Numbers

High blood pressure forces your heart to work harder than it should. The longer this goes on, the more damage this high pressure does to your heart. Eventually, the heart can fail, taking your health with it. Unfortunately, symptoms of high blood pressure often don’t show up until it’s too late. That’s why it’s important to get your blood pressure checked at least once a year. For most people, the higher number, called the systolic blood pressure, should be below 140. The lower number, called the diastolic pressure, should be below 90.

5 Things to Say (& Not to Say) If You See Signs of Dementia in a Loved One

Talking to them about it may be uncomfortable, but it's important not to put it off.

Tackling the issue of dementia when it affects someone near and dear is very difficult, and it is hard to know how to discuss the subject with your affected loved one. However, it is important not to put it off. Just try to make sure it is a gentle encounter — for both of you.

Here are the experts' recommendations on having the first talk.

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