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Healthier Me: Blood Pressure Awareness

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February is heart health month, and as the month comes to an end, doctors want you to remember the importance of keeping track of your blood pressure.

In Wednesday's Healthier Me30% of us suffer from high blood pressure or hypertension (HTN), a key risk factor for heart attacks and stroke. Valley News Team's Lisa Budeau talked to a Sanford Health doctor about what you can do to avoid taking an unexpected ride to the ER. 

Doctors say most people don't realize they have HTN or even recognize the symptoms, and that puts them at risk. They encourage everyone to have their blood pressure checked at least once every two years, and more often if you know you have HTN; you should be aiming for a blood pressure lower than 140 on top and 90 on the bottom.

They also offered their best common-sense tips for keeping your heart healthy.

  1. Keep your weight under control.
  2. Watch your diet, and minimize your salt intake.
  3. See a health professional regularly.

You can find even more ways to keep yourself and your family healthy right here on our website -- just click on the Healthier Me tab.

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