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High Blood Pressure

Understanding High Blood Pressure Before It’s Too Late

Be honest, when was the last time you had your blood pressure checked?

Do you have a family history of Heart disease or Kidney disease?

Did you know that HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE is mostly symptomless health risk that can lead to heart attacks, heart disease, and strokes?

Every person over the age of 40 should get his/her blood pressure checked regularly. It is the best way to diagnose any irregularities in blood pressure early and help with establishing the necessary interventions.

Early interventions allows for easier treatment options such as:

  • Exercise
  • Dietary changes
  • Medications

It’s important to know what the numbers mean. General rules for blood pressure readings are: [source: WebMD]

  • Normal: Less than 120 over 80 (120/80)
  • Prehypertension: 120-139 over 80-89
  • Stage 1 high blood pressure: 140-159 over 90-99
  • Stage 2 high blood pressure: 160 and above over 100 and above
  • High blood pressure in people over age 60: 150 and above over 90 and above

High blood pressure, also called hypertension, can be broken down in several ways.

~Primary hypertension is usually seen in individuals with a family history of high blood pressure.

~Secondary hypertension is associated with another underlying health condition.

In most cases, symptoms of high blood pressure are seen only when there is a hypertensive crisis, such as blood pressure readings above 180/110 mm Hg.  Some of these symptoms can easily be confused as other issues. The symptoms can include:

  • Headache or blurred vision
  • Increasing confusion
  • Seizure
  • Increasing chest pain
  • Increasing shortness of breath
  • Swelling or edema (fluid buildup in the tissues)

Left undetected, hypertension could lead to arterial damage, which in turn could cause many other life threatening health conditions such as:

Blood Pressure is one of the most common problems for men and women. That’s why it’s important to have regular checks ups and monitor it as you get older.

Get more insights into heart disease here… 

There are times a more skilled hand is needed to monitor blood pressure and properly assess the readings. For example: when caring for an elderly or a person after a heart surgery; someone who has Kidney disease. There are many circumstances that require BP monitoring by your doctor or a more trained professional.  A professional home health care provider like Florida Home Care, can provide you with highly skilled nurses to help you with regular monitoring of Blood Pressure. They are trained to recognize symptoms before they become an emergency.

Don’t you think it’s time to get  your pressure checked?

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living the mom life

Finding Time to Workout While Living The Mom Life

Are you struggling to find time to lose the last few pounds of baby weight? Is it hard to run behind your kids without huffing n puffing??? Looking forward to fitting into an outfit you have been eyeing for your dear ones wedding??

As a mom it is your challenging yet fulfilling duty to teach, nourish and protect your children.

However, the world’s most important job could leave you no time for taking care of yourself.

It is important to remember that fitness is a process and journey. The fruits of this labor will be reflected in many aspects of your life.

With the above line in mind make a plan to incorporate an exercise routine that can fit into your daily schedule (p.s: crazy hectic one already)

HOME GYM: Workout does not have to involve a fancy gym membership or too much preparation. Create a gym at home with some basic equipment for yourself. A yoga mat, jump rope, light weight dumbbells, etc. In between cooking, cleaning, homework and a zillion other things at home it becomes easy to fit in even a brief workout early or late in the day.

MOM FRIENDS: Start a group with mom’s who are in the boat as you and are looking to find motivation. Meet along with kids or when they are away at school to have a quick workout session at one of your homes and turn it into a health tips session [Don’t we all love some girl time 😉 ] Fitness DVD’s could be very helpful for a home work out or a session with a group.

FUN WITH THE FAMILY: Make workouts part of a family activity. Go for a jog, play a game that involves a physical activity, stroll around the mall, or do a cleanup session at home that gives you a healthy body and a clean home [Win Win]. Involving kids in your workouts helps you spend quality time with them and teaches them the importance of staying in shape and healthy from a young age.

FOOD FOOD: We all know what is good for us and what is not. The hardest part is making the healthy choice – eating more fruits, vegetables, lean meats while avoiding excess sugars and processed foods.

It’s possible to follow a healthy eating pattern with some time and commitment. You will be surprised when you start craving healthy foods.

PREP FOR GOOD HEALTH- Stock your fridge and pantry with all the good, healthy options. Have healthy snacks handy when hunger pangs strike. Do your research on cooking with low fat, low sugar, and less carbohydrates.

And it is always a good idea to allow yourself an occasional cheat day and mindfully indulge into your favorite cravings.


Finding time to exercise and make healthy meals is an exercise in time-management


If you’re not sure of any specific reasons to refer back to, remember that as a mother you’re a prime example to your family to eat healthily and exercise regularly. Share this wisdom to young impressionable minds.

More POWER to THE MOM in you!!!!

Do share your special tips for leading a healthy mom life………

[P.S Sharing is Caring]

Find more workout inspiration from one of our older blog post.

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The Celebration of Love – One Day at a Time

Welcome to the “Month of Love & Happiness”. Even though we do not need a special day to express our love to those we care for, in this busy day and age its helpful to have a dedicated day to make us pause, think, and reset priorities.

I Love my Mom                                      I Love my Kids                                   I Love my Family

If Love is on your heart, let those people know. Our time here is a limited commodity, and regrets cause stress. Little things can be the most meaningful and build loving memories.

  • Spend those extra few minutes to have breakfast with your kids
  • Send a mid-noon message to check on your wife/husband
  • Visit your parents on a day they are not expecting you
  • Give the gift of time to your loved ones by sharing chores

In fact, a loving relationship with a spouse or good friends is good for your health! Studies have shown that:

  • It reduces stress. We all know the many benefits of reducing stress in your life – a boosted immune system, improve mental health, lower blood pressure, and helps beat depression.
  • It will help you live longer. Happily married couples and families have practical and financial support, are generally happier and less prone to risky or damaging behavior (like drinking or drugs).
  • In general you’ll sleep better and be happier!

Do the things that make you happy, it’s sure to reflect on your face and show your feelings to your loved ones.

This February, show your love – and love being loved – for better health and a better life!


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Let us have a heart to heart about “HEART DISEASE”

Your heart beats an average of 103,680 times a day. That makes an average of 2,838,240,000 times over your lifetime. It circulates blood throughout the body, to the farthest corners. It pumps constantly. If it should stop or hesitate – that’s when the problems start. A healthy heart is the corner stone for an overall healthy and a happier life.

What can you do every day to achieve a healthier life?

How do you incorporate the necessary little tweaks into your lifestyle?

  1. Exercise: Your Heart is a muscle and exercise helps to tone and strengthen muscles. You can easily incorporate regular exercise into your lifestyle by making only minor changes. Walking is one of the best forms of exercise to do and one of the easiest to incorporate in to your daily routine. It helps regulate blood flow, lowers blood pressure, reduces bad cholesterol (LDL), and increases good cholesterol (HDL). Consult a physician before starting any exercise regimen if you have a pre existing heart condition or a family history or heart or health problems.
  2. Diet: Watch your diet for fatty foods and carb overloads. Add more fresh vegetables, fruits, and healthy proteins like nuts and beans. This will help you achieve a balanced diet. Consult with a nutritionist for a proper understanding of what are heart healthy foods.
  3. NO SMOKING: Smoking reduces lung capacity and your tolerance to properly exercise. Simple everyday tasks can also become daunting for smokers. It increases the risk of stroke or heart attack by damaging the arteries and leading to excessive fatty deposits. It’s never too late to seek help to quit smoking for you or someone you love.
  4. Alcohol: Limiting alcohol use is always a good idea for reducing the risk of developing a heart condition.
  5. STRESS: With today’s fast paced lifestyle, stress is a leading cause of heart disease.Stress→Bad lifestyle choices→heart disease.

    Combat stress with meditation, laughing, clubs, spending time with loved ones and, last but not least, identifying the factors leading to your stress and trying to eliminate them.

  6. Doctor visits: We cannot stress enough about the importance of regular doctor’s visits. Early diagnosis can be lifesaving. Eliminating a disease before, or at the beginning, is the best practice. Finding a cure for an advanced disease is never as easy as taking  early steps to avoid it.

Florida Home Care, a premier home health care organization based in Abu Dhabi, can help you address issues you might have by providing support and care options such as:

  • In home Health checkups
  • Social companion to help you go visit your doctor.
  • Exercise help
  • Stress management

February is the month of the heart. We wish you a very Hearty and Healthy Month and Year!

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