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Not sure what to do next?

You took the first step today to evaluate your risk…now take the next step to reduce it!

  • Call your primary care physician to get a complete physical and laboratory exam scheduled. Let them know that you took a risk reduction assessment and had 2 or more risk factors and you want to know that you can do to reduce your risk of heart disease or stroke.
  • If you don’t have a primary physician, SJMH has a doctor referral line - The HEALTHLINE # is 800-231-2211
  • Be informed – know the signs of a stroke and do not wait to seek treatment!

If you have or see someone having any of these symptoms call 9-1-1 immediately:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause

Do not wait to see if the symptoms will disappear! Even if the symptoms only last a short time, seek immediate medical help.

Your doctor can help you to decrease your risks!

  • Controlling high blood pressure – medications and diet changes can help
  • Not smoking, or if you do smoke, stop now. Even if you have smoked for years, after 1 year of not smoking your risk is cut in half. Eventually, your risk is the same as a person that has never smoked. It is never too late.
  • Treat your diabetes – Diabetes can lead to many complications. Watch your glucose levels closely.
  • Eat a healthy diet – If you’re overweight, even just losing 10 to 20 pounds can help lower your heart disease risk. If you struggle with losing weight and can’t lose weight on your own, talk to a doctor, registered dietitian (R.D.), or nutritionist
  • Be physically active – you don’t have to be an athlete to reduce your risk. Walking daily, taking the stairs vs. the elevator or parking in the back of the lot at work are all ways to get inextra steps.
  • Maintain a healthy weight – speak to your physician to achieve your ideal body weight.
  • Get regular medical check ups.
  • Learn ways to reduce stress.
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