#2 February 2022: Heart Health & You!

Healthy Aging Network: Preventing Heart Attacks and Strokes

OSU Ext. FCS Educators Jennifer Lobb and Kathy Tutt, along with OSU Ext. FCS Program Assistant Loretta Sweeney, discuss how the elderly can prevent heart attacks and strokes. (Kathy Tutt, tutt.19@osu.edu; Jennifer Lobb, lobb.3@osu.edu; Loretta Sweeney, sweeney.400@osu.edu)


DASH Eating Plan: DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension)

The DASH eating plan, which stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, is a heart-healthy way of eating that is high in fruits and vegetables and low in sodium.  By following the DASH eating plan, individuals may be able to reduce blood pressure and other cardiovascular risk factors.  This video will provide you with tips to incorporate the DASH eating plan into your diet and help you follow a heart-healthy eating style for life.



Simple Switches: Heart Healthy Eating

MyPlate has several resources to help you make small changes that add up to long-term solutions for healthy eating!



CDC: Heart Disease & The Surgeon General’s Call to Action

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. The term “heart disease” refers to several types of heart conditions. In the United States, the most common type of heart disease is coronary artery disease (CAD), which can lead to a heart attack. You can greatly reduce your risk for heart disease through lifestyle changes and, in some cases, medicine. Learn more about heart disease.

Take charge of your blood pressure—a healthier heart can lead to a healthier life. The Surgeon General’s Call to Action provides tools and strategies to control high blood pressure. https://bit.ly/3nXftk5external icon #HeartMonth

Measure Your Blood Pressure: https://www.cdc.gov/bloodpressure/measure.htm

Nearly 1 in 2 US adults has hypertension, yet only 1 in 4 have it under control. Feeling the pressure? CDC can help. cdc.gov/heartmonth

Health problems caused by hypertension: stroke, cognitive decline, vision loss, heart attack, heart failure, pregnancy-related complications, kidney disease or failure, peripheral artery disease, and sexual dysfunction.

Talk to your healthcare team about the ABCS. Aspirin when appropriate; Blood pressure control; Cholesterol management; Smoking cessation.

CDC. (2021a, January 13). Partner Toolkit | cdc.gov. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/bloodpressure/CTAtoolkit.htm

CDC. (2021b, September 27). Heart Disease Resources | cdc.gov. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/about.htm

CDC. (2021c, September 27). Measure Your Blood Pressure | cdc.gov. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/bloodpressure/measure.htm

CDC. (2022, January 27). Public Health Tools and Materials About Hypertension | cdc.gov. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/american_heart_month_public_health.htm

DASH Eating Plan | NHLBI, NIH. (n.d.). Retrieved February 7, 2022, from https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/education/dash-eating-plan

DASH Recommendations for Heart Health. (n.d.). Penn State Extension. Retrieved February 7, 2022, from https://extension.psu.edu/dash-recommendations-for-heart-health

Healthy Aging Network Telecast | Family and Consumer Sciences. (n.d.). Retrieved February 7, 2022, from https://fcs.osu.edu/programs/healthy-relationships-0/aging/healthy-aging-network-telecast

MyPlate | U.S. Department of Agriculture. (n.d.). Retrieved February 7, 2022, from https://www.myplate.gov/

Phytonutrients.pdf. (n.d.). Retrieved February 7, 2022, from https://health.mo.gov/living/families/wic/pdf/phytonutrients.pdf