Today we continue with the Health Lotería — and this week we turn over a new card… el tambor (the drum)!!!
That boom, boom, boom that you’re hearing in your ears — it might be the drums of the Cinco de Mayo parade, but it may be the sound of your heart, reminding you that May is High Blood Pressure Awareness Month. And what if you don’t know your blood pressure? Go get it checked! As this MedlinePlus article explains, high blood pressure tends not to have symptoms, but can cause serious problems such as stroke, heart failure, and heart attack. This American Heart Association article indicates that one in three adults in the US has high blood pressure — but the good news is that if you’re one of them, there’s a lot that you can do yourself to bring it down. Here’s some advice for starters:
- High Blood Pressure: Things You Can Do to Help Lower Yours (familydoctor.org)
- Your Guide to Lowering High Blood Pressure (National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute – NHLBI)
- High Blood Pressure: What Can I Do? (American Heart Association)
If you’ve got a plan to manage and control your blood pressure, mark that square… and next week we’ll continue with the Health Lotería!
Image: detail of #29 “El tambor” from the lotería card deck “Gallo de Don Clemente” — Pasatiempos Gallo SA de CV y Don Clemente Inc.