Let your heart take the lead

February 23, 2022
Let your heart take the lead

February is Heart Health Month — a reminder that it’s important to keep an eye on your blood pressure, cholesterol and sugar levels. Nearly one in two adults in the U.S. have high blood pressure,1 also called hypertension. Regularly monitoring your blood pressure may help lower your risk of heart disease or stroke.


ways to check your blood pressure

Ways to check your blood pressure

  • At a doctor's office by a health care team member
  • At a pharmacy that has a digital blood pressure machine
  • At home with a blood pressure monitor

 


Other ways to keep your heart healthy

Other ways to keep your heart healthy

  • Reduce sodium in foods
  • Read food labels
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables
  • Limit meat and alcohol consumption
  • Manage other health conditions, such as diabetes
  • Take prescribed medication, if directed by your health care provider

 


See more tips on heart health and explore the Columbia Benefits offered to you and your loved ones.

1Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Estimated hypertension prevalence, treatment, and control among U.S. adults. millionhearts.hhs.gov/data-reports/hypertension-prevalence.html. Accessed February 2022.