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It Is Never Too Late to Quit Smoking

Actually, it is never too late to quit using all forms of tobacco!  Health benefits begin immediately, including on the cardiovascular system.  Check out this great infographic and then take these critical steps:

1.  If you use tobacco, set a quit date.  Call 1-800-Quit-Now for support.

2.  If you have a loved one who uses tobacco, encourage them to call 1-800-Quit-Now .

3.  Is your local school 100% tobacco free?  It helps reduce kids' risk of starting and it protects everyone from exposure.  Encourage your local school to join the growing list of 100% tobacco free schools.

4.  Support efforts to restore adequate funding for comprehensive tobacco prevention and cessation in Ohio!

5.  Check out these other great Be Tobacco Free resources.

 

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Blood Pressure is Front and Center!

April 7 was World Health Day and it was also the 65th anniversary of the World Health Organization.  The theme for this year’s observance was high blood pressure, which was the first time a noncommunicable disease was the focus. 

High blood pressure is preventable and treatable.  However, it is still the leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke.  It is estimated nearly one in three adults worldwide have high blood pressure, but many are unaware. 

In addition, this same theme was carried through to You’re the Cure on the Hill 2013.  The Million Hearts campaign has the potential to raise awareness of high blood pressure and encourage Americans to Know Their Numbers and seek treatment.  By modeling a campaign similar to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) “Tips from a Former Smoker,” a similar impact could be made on high blood pressure.

While advocates were visiting Congressional offices, they encouraged members and aides to Know Their Own Numbers.  This is advice we should all take.  Do you Know Your Numbers?  Get screened now!

  

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Uncontrolled High Blood Pressure

Nearly one in three American adults has high blood pressure, and more than half of them don’t have it under control.

The newest edition of CDC Vital Signs focuses on uncontrolled high blood pressure and the numerous opportunities to treat this serious health risk.

Key points of the CDC Vital Signs report on uncontrolled high blood pressure include:
• About 67 million adults have high blood pressure.

• More than half (36 million) have uncontrolled high blood pressure.

• Nearly 22 million know they have high blood pressure, but still don’t have it under control.

• 16 million take medicines, but still don’t have their high blood pressure under control.

• High blood pressure is a major risk factor of heart disease and stroke, two of the nation’s leading causes of death.

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African Americans and Stroke

African Americans have high rates of stroke risk factors, including family history of stroke, diabetes and high blood pressure.  But, there is hope. You have the power to fight stroke - and win!

By following these three simple steps, you can help protect yourself against stroke:
  
•Reduce your chances of having a stroke by learning the risk factors and working with your doctor to help reduce your risk.

•Recognize the warning signs of a stroke. Stroke is a medical emergency. Every second counts!

•Respond by calling 9-1-1 immediately if you or someone close to you is having warning signs of stroke. Then check the time. When did the first symptom start? You'll be asked this important question later.

Learn more about African Americans’ risk for stroke at PowerToEndStroke.org

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Kids With High Blood Pressure
Hospitalizations for children with high blood pressure and related charges dramatically increased during 10 years ending in 2006, according to a study published in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension.
This nationally-based study is the first in which researchers examined hypertension hospitalizations in children.

Study Highlights:
  • During 10 years ending in 2006, hospitalizations for children with high blood pressure increased dramatically.
  • Related hospital charges to treat them also soared.
  • Researchers suggest healthcare providers address healthy lifestyle habits during children’s well visits to reduce risk of hypertension.
Researchers hypothesize that the increasing hospitalizations may in part be due to the rise in childhood obesity.

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