Are you having back pain with any of the following?
We understand that you are experiencing one or more of the health issues that might be impacting your back pain.
We recommend that you discuss these health issues with your doctor before proceeding with this program.
Once you are cleared by your doctor to do this program, we hope it helps you find relief from your back pain.
It's important to eat a healthy diet, manage conditions like high cholesterol or high blood pressure, and lead an active lifestyle to keep your heart healthy. You can improve your overall heart health and reduce your risk of having a heart attack.
Some people are at a greater risk for heart disease than others. Some risk factors for heart disease cannot be changed, like your age, your gender, or your family history of heart disease. Other risk factors can be managed with changes to your health and lifestyle.
Eating a healthy diet, managing conditions like high cholesterol or high blood pressure, and leading an active lifestyle can improve your overall heart health and reduce your risk of having a heart attack.
Cholesterol is a fatlike substance made by the body that is found naturally in animal-based foods. It is needed for hormone and vitamin production and to support brain function. The levels in your blood are determined by family genetics and by your diet and lifestyle.
There are two main types of cholesterol:
When "bad" LDL cholesterol levels are too high or when "good" HDL levels are too low, fats can build up in the blood vessels. This can decrease your blood flow to vital organs such as the heart and brain.
There is an additional type of fat found in your blood, called triglycerides. Triglycerides differ from cholesterol, but they can also lead to heart and blood vessel problems. Both cholesterol and triglyceride levels are measured by simple blood tests.
The best ways to keep your cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the healthy range are diet, exercise, and maintenance of a healthy weight. In addition to these lifestyle changes, some people need medications to lower their cholesterol.
Target ranges for healthy levels of cholesterol are:
Blood pressure is the force of your blood on the walls of your blood vessels. This force, or pressure, enables blood to pump throughout your body. When the force of blood against your artery walls is too strong, your heart has to work too hard to send blood throughout your body. This is called high blood pressure or hypertension, and it can damage your blood vessels over time. Lowering your blood pressure can take some of this extra demand off your heart and blood vessels.
Blood pressure is measured in ranges:
The top number of your blood pressure measurement is the systolic pressure. This is the force of blood against your arteries when your heart is sending blood to your body.
The lower number is the diastolic pressure. This is the force of blood against your arteries while your heart relaxes between beats. Both numbers are important and need to be normalized to prevent damage to blood vessels and major organs.
You can make changes that will lower your blood pressure and improve your health. Making healthy choices like eating right and increasing your activity level, as well as taking medication to lower your blood pressure if you need to, will lessen your risk of having serious health problems.
By taking care of diabetes, you can stay well and reduce the chance of developing complications such as a heart attack, stroke, or kidney problems.
Hemoglobin A1c and estimated average glucose (eAG) are blood tests that measure your average blood sugar during the past 2 to 3 months. These tests help us understand how well you are able to keep your diabetes under control. We recommend a hemoglobin A1c blood test at least every year and possibly more often if we are adjusting your treatment plan.
Talk with us about your personal target for A1c and eAG. Typical ranges are:
|A1c target (%)||eAG target (mg/dL)|
|Most people||Below 7||Below 150|
|People older than 65 or with additional health conditions||Below 8||Below 180|
Exercising just 30 minutes a day decreases your risk for heart disease. Exercise strengthens your heart muscle, improves circulation throughout your body, helps maintain a healthy weight, improves your cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and decreases your stress level.
Losing as little as 10 pounds can lower your risk for heart disease and improve your cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar.
When you weigh too much, your heart has to work harder, your blood pressure goes up, your cholesterol levels are worse, and it is more likely that you will develop diabetes.
Your body mass index (BMI) is a measurement based on your height and weight that helps you to take into account any risks you may have for medical problems due to excess body weight. If your BMI is 25 or higher, you are at higher risk for a heart attack or stroke. Asian Americans are at higher risk for diabetes, heart attack, or stroke at a lower BMI.
By eating healthier and becoming more active, you take the first step toward losing the weight you want. Think about taking a nutrition or exercise class to get you started.
Strong, stressful emotions like anxiety, depression, and anger can affect your heart by temporarily raising your blood pressure. These strong emotions might make it less likely that you'll follow through on many of your lifestyle goals, like getting regular exercise and eating a healthy diet. Find strategies that are effective in reducing your stress.
Call us if your stress is keeping you from doing your daily activities or is causing discomfort despite home treatment.
If you smoke or use tobacco, quitting is one of the best things you can do for your health. In the first year after you quit, your risk of heart disease will be half of what it was when you still smoked.
Using tobacco increases your risk of heart disease by:
If you are thinking about quitting tobacco now or sometime in the future, we can help. We have many resources that can help you quit successfully and ease the cravings and other symptoms you might feel as your body withdraws from nicotine.
Here are a few tips to help you quit smoking:
If you have an emergency medical condition, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital. An emergency medical condition is any of the following: (1) a medical condition that manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity (including severe pain) such that you could reasonably expect the absence of immediate medical attention to result in serious jeopardy to your health or body functions or organs; (2) active labor when there isn't enough time for safe transfer to a Plan hospital (or designated hospital) before delivery, or if transfer poses a threat to your (or your unborn child's) health and safety, or (3) a mental disorder that manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity such that either you are an immediate danger to yourself or others, or you are not immediately able to provide for, or use, food, shelter, or clothing, due to the mental disorder.
This information is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of specific medical advice or care you receive from your physician or other health care professional. If you have persistent health problems, or if you have additional questions, please consult with your doctor. If you have questions or need more information about your medication, please speak to your pharmacist. Kaiser Permanente does not endorse the medications or products mentioned. Any trade names listed are for easy identification only.