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.

Keeping Your Blood Pressure Down

Like cholesterol, weight affects blood pressure. Maintaining a healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables while increasing your exercise will help lower your blood pressure and your weight. Having too much sodium has also been linked to high blood pressure. Try to keep your sodium intake to less than 2,300mg per day. Cutting down on stress and finding support in family and friends can also help bring your blood pressure down. Finally, try to cut back on your caffeine and alcohol intake, and quit smoking if you do smoke.

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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