High blood pressure and high cholesterol are major risk factors for heart disease, the leading cause of death in the US today.
Blood pressure is the measure of the amount force of blood pumping from the heart through the arteries out to muscles and organs. Too much pressure puts a strain on the arteries and on the heart itself, which can cause an artery to rupture or the heart to fail.
Recommendations for lowering blood pressure include:
The DASH (Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension) Diet is an eating plan that helps to lower blood pressure.
Cholesterol is a soft, fat-like, waxy substance found in the bloodstream and in all your body's cells. Cholesterol itself isn't bad. In fact, cholesterol is just one of the many substances created and used by our bodies to keep us healthy. Some of the cholesterol we need is produced naturally (and can be affected by your family health history), while some of it comes from the food we eat. There are two types of cholesterol: "good" and "bad." It's important to understand the difference, and to know the levels of "good" and "bad" cholesterol in your blood. Too much of one type - or not enough of another - can put you at risk for coronary heart disease, heart attack or stroke.
Recommendations for improving cholesterol levels include: