American Heart Month

It’s February – American Heart Month – a time when the nation spotlights heart disease, the No. 1 killer of Americans. During American Heart Month, the AHA and other organizations reinforce the importance of heart health, the need for more research and efforts to ensure that millions of people live longer and healthier. With the COVID-19 pandemic and people being in lockdown, more people have engaged in unhealthy lifestyle behaviors, such as eating poorly, drinking more alcohol, and limiting physical activity, which can contribute to heart disease. 

In most cases, heart disease is preventable when people adopt a healthy lifestyle, which includes not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, controlling blood sugar and cholesterol, treating high blood pressure, getting at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity a week, and getting regular checkups. 

Facts about Hypertension: 

Blood pressure is the pressure of blood pushing against walls of your arteries. Arteries carry blood from your heart to other parts of the body. Blood pressure normally rises and falls throughout the day, but it can damage your heart and cause health problems if it stays high for a long time. Hypertension, also called high blood pressure, is blood pressure that is higher than normal. 

Facts About Hypertension in the United States: 

In 2017, the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association published new guidelines for hypertension management and defined high hypertension as a blood pressure at or above 130/80 mm Hg. Stage 2 hypertension is defined as a blood pressure at or above 140/90 mm Hg. 1 

Blood Pressure Category Systolic Blood Pressure  Diastolic Blood Pressure 
  Normal <120 mm Hg and   <80 mm Hg 
  Elevated 120-129 mm Hg and   <80 mm Hg 
Hypertension 
  Stage 1 130-139 mm Hg or    80-89 mm Hg 
  Stage 2 ≥140 mm Hg or   ≥90 mm Hg 

GoGoMeds, along with national effort of American Heart Month, encourage and motivate people to adopt heart-healthy behaviors together. GoGoMeds, is “the” online pharmacy for all your medication needs. Our highly knowledgeable staff are a dedicated and compassionate team of professionals, that deliver your products and service backed by experience and quality care. So, as we commemorate American Heart Month, we recommit to building a healthier future for all. 

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