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Warmer Weather: Safeguard Your Heart This Summer

Warmer Weather: Safeguard Your Heart This Summer

Summertime and the living is easy – but for your heart, the warmest season of the year

can be a challenge. Though higher temperatures tend to lower your blood pressure, the

heat and humidity can still cause problems for your heart.

As the thermometer heats up, we’ve partnered with the national Measure Up/Pressure

Down® high blood pressure campaign to give you tips for heart-healthy living this

summer:

Hydrate with healthy drinks. While a cold beer or soft drink sounds refreshing

when the sun is shining, they can be dehydrating. Consider healthier options such

as unsweetened iced tea, fruit smoothies, or non-alcoholic versions of your

favorite drinks.

Sweat under the sun. It only takes 30 minutes a day to lower your blood

pressure. With the snow melted, hit the outdoors for hiking, swimming, tennis, or

golf. When the heat or humidity is unbearable, opt for indoor activities like the

treadmill or yoga.

Refresh your diet with fresh produce. Many fruits and vegetables – from bell

peppers and blueberries to strawberries and sugar snap peas – are in-season

during the summer, meaning they’re often more fresh and affordable than other

times of year. Incorporate these healthy foods into summer recipes.

 

Tame travel-related stress. High levels of stress can lead to temporary but

dramatic increases in blood pressure. Traveling often triggers stress, particularly

when summer storms delay or cancel flights or your day at the waterpark is a

washout. Find ways to manage this stress – like meditation or laughter.

To measure, monitor, and maintain your blood pressure all year round and learn more

about this disease, please visit www.MeasureUpPressureDown.com.

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