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As we grow older, blood pressure tends to increase and create strain on the arteries, which must work harder to pump blood through our bodies. Many older people suffer from hypertension (high blood pressure), but though it is common, hypertension is not always a natural result of aging. It is a disease that can affect both young and older adults, often as a result of excess sodium in our diets, lack of physical activity, and other controllable issues. Hypertension is a major risk factor for cardiovascular diseases and needs to be carefully managed.
In ONE HEART, FIVE HABITS, Dr. Sayeh Zielke seeks to address this serious health problem by presenting five simple, yet powerful, lifestyle practices to help lower blood pressure. Backed by the most current, reliable research available, the book answers the questions Dr. Zielke is frequently asked by patients attending her cardiology clinic.
Readers will learn which foods to introduce into their diet and which to avoid, how exercise and rest can help them stay healthy and reduce stress, and how to monitor their progress so they can follow through with these lifestyle changes. The complementary One Heart Five Habits app also helps users stay on track with their habits. By following the five practices laid out in this book, readers can successfully reduce their blood pressure through lifestyle changes, and, more importantly, keep it within an optimal range—leading to longer and healthier lives.
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Dr. Sayeh Zielke
Dr. Sayeh Zielke is the medical director and cardiologist at Chinook Cardiology and specializes in the treatment of patients with heart disease. She is represented by Toronto literary agency Westwood Creative Artists. keep reading »