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A Heart-Warming Gift: Help your spouse lower his risk of heart disease

By T.J. DePaola, PharmD

A Heart-Warming GiftThis February, celebrate love with the gift of heart health. Along with Valentine’s Day, February marks American Heart Month, a

perfect time to encourage the one you love to commit to a lifestyle that strengthens their heart health. With heart disease, the leading cause of death in American men, heart health should become a higher priority for men as they age, focusing on learning more about cardiovascular health and what to do to lower cardiac risks.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 610,000 Americans die of heart disease every year. It has been reported that half of the men that die suddenly of heart disease have had no previous symptoms, a principal factor in why learning about heart disease and what to do to lower cardiac risks will help your spouse’s heart stay strong and healthy.

Knowing the risks of heart disease and preventative measures that could save his heart are essential to optimizing his overall health. The American Heart Association suggests staying active, lowering cholesterol intake, losing weight, eating healthy, refraining from smoking, and managing blood sugar levels and blood pressure. There are several ways to help your spouse take control and reduce the risks of heart disease, one way includes helping him monitor his blood pressure.

A major risk factor is high blood pressure, a condition in which the force of blood against the artery walls is at an elevated level. Over time, high blood pressure can damage the lining of the blood vessels causing the arteries to harden and narrow, making it difficult for continuous blood flow. The American College of Cardiology (ACC) and American Heart Association have created new guidelines for the detection, prevention and management of high blood pressure, which is important to help with reducing the chances of developing this risk factor. It is important for him to monitor his blood pressure, using a validated device and regularly meet with a physician to determine the next steps should his numbers be elevated or there are other risks for heart disease.

According to the ACC, it is common for patients to need more than two types of medications to control their blood pressure, however, are less likely to take multiple medications if they must take several pills. Cypress Pharmacy offers patients a wealth of different services to help combat high blood pressure and to reduce cardiac risks, including medication compounding services and blood pressure monitors for sale. Compounding pharmacies, such as Cypress Pharmacy, produce specially formulated compounded medications that can combine multiple medications, and produce varying strengths and dosage forms, including topical creams, oral capsules or suppositories.

Cypress Pharmacy also supplies the recommended nutrients needed to help protect against heart disease including fish oil, coenzyme Q10, vitamin D, B-12, niacin, and vitamin E. In addition, this local pharmacy also offers a Cardio Health Support product, with hawthorn and coenzyme Q10, formulated to provide support for a healthy cardiovascular system.

For more information about heart disease and high blood pressure treatments, including both over-the-counter medications and prescriptions, contact the pharmacists of Cypress Pharmacy at 239-481-7322 and consult with your physician.

Cypress Pharmacy has been providing pharmaceutical and health care services in Fort Myers for more than 40 years. The entire staff, including pharmacists T.J. DePaola and Justin Ceravolo, are dedicated to providing the best possible service to every customer.

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