Presented by The Visiting Nurse Service of New York

When measuring a person’s heart health, blood pressure readings may be one of the most helpful indicators. A normal reading is anything 120/80 mm/Hg or lower. While there are some genetic factors that can increase your risk of developing hypertension, there are definitely measures you can take to help keep your BP numbers within the normal range.

  • 1. Replace processed or fast foods with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish and lean meats.
  • 2. Try to exercise at least three times a week for 20 minutes.
  • 3. Stop smoking and only drink alcohol in moderation.
  • 4. Engage in hobbies that can help you manage your stress levels.
  • 5. Take any blood pressure and/or cholesterol medications ordered by your doctor, even if you feel fine. 

VNSNY’s highly skilled professionals provide a broad array of services to help you manage heart disease.

  • Registered Nurses develop a personalized plan of care for taking your heart medication, monitoring your blood pressure and cholesterol, and managing stress.
  • Certified home health aides prepare heart-healthy meals that help you manage your weight and keep your cholesterol and blood pressure stable. 
  • Registered dietitiansteach you how to successfully follow dietary strategies that will help you control your weight and your heart disease risk factors. 
  • Click here to read more about heart disease, visit: www.VNSNY.org/home-health-care-and-you/education/living-with-heart-disease
  • The Visiting Nurse Service of New York is the largest not-for-profit home health care organization in the country. For more information about VNSNY and our services, please call us at 1-800-675-0391, or email us at http://www.vnsny.org/why-vnsny/getting-started/contact-us