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Preventable Deaths from Heart Disease & Stroke infographic

Preventable Deaths from Heart Disease & Stroke infographic | Heart and Vascular Health | Scoop.it

Important progress has been made, but more is needed to continue to save lives, particulalry for people under 65 yeras.  Black men are at the highest risk of dying early fromheart disease and stroke.  Counties in Southern states have the greratest risk overall.

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Nearly 800,000 Americans die each year from heart disease and stroke.  Most of the major risk factors can be manged or prevented: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and obesity.

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Change your salty ways in only 21 days from AHA

Change your salty ways in only 21 days from AHA | Heart and Vascular Health | Scoop.it

the everyday meal offender that might make your face feel puffy and your jeans look, and feel, tighter.  Did you know that by reducing your sodium intake during a three week period you can change your sodium palate and start enjoying foods with less sodium?  On Jan. 7, step up to the plate, re-charge your taste buds and give your heart-health a boost with the new Sodium Swap Challenge from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. 

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Here’s an outline of how you can kick-off your own Sodium Swap Challenge: -          Week 1 – Start by tackling your consumption of breads and rolls as well as cold cuts and cured meats.  For example, one piece of bread can have as much as 230 milligrams of sodium while a serving of turkey cold cuts could contain as much as 1,050 milligrams of sodium.  When your recommended daily intake is kept to 1,500 milligrams or less, it’s amazing how fast it all adds up.  Check your labels on these items, look for lower sodium items and track your sodium consumption each day and log how much you’ve shaved out of your diet. Portion control does make a difference.  Foods eaten several times a day add up to a lot of sodium, even though each serving is not high. -          Week 2 – Keep that momentum going!  This week’s foods include pizza and poultry.  If you’re going to eat pizza, try to aim for one with less cheese and meats or lower sodium versions of these items or try something different and add veggies instead.  When cooking for your family this week use fresh, skinless poultry that is not enhanced with sodium solution rather than fried or processed.  Keep your eyes on the 1,500 milligrams of sodium each day and, again, log your results. -          Week 3 – As you round out your challenge and embark on the last week of your challenge, your focus includes soups and sandwiches.  The two together typically make a tasty lunch or dinner duo, but one cup of chicken noodle or tomato soup may have up to 940 milligrams – it varies by brand --and, after you add all of your meats, cheeses and condiments to your sandwich, you can easily surpass  1,500 milligrams in one day.  This week, when choosing a soup, check the label and try lower sodium varieties of your favorites and make your sandwiches with lower sodium meats and cheeses and try to eliminate piling on your condiments.  Be sure to track your sodium and try to keep your daily consumption to less than 1,500 milligrams.
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