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  • Over-The-Counter Medicine and Heart Accessories Checklist

    Be good to your heart in 2011. Find foods, devices and over-the-counter medications that can help you keep your heart fit and strong.

  • Everyday Prevention

    There are plenty of heart disease prevention options, starting with everyday maintenance for your body, such as:

    • Omega-3 products (the Food and Drug Administration says omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease; in varying quantities you can get your omega-3 fats in fish, fish oil supplements, foods containing flax seeds, walnuts and certain eggs)
    • Fiber-filled foods or supplements
    • Butter substitutes
    • Calcium products including low-fat milk, yogurt or supplements
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    Stress Reduction

    Reducing the amount of stress in your life can help your heart. You may want to consider these products:

    • [insert "light-exercise-equipment" "Shop for Light Exercise Equipment" "Light exercise equipment"] such as hand weights, jump ropes and running shoes
    • Relaxation products such as yoga DVDs, aromatherapy and positive thinking books

    If You Have Been Diagnosed With Heart Issues

    In cases where your doctor approves, those with a heart condition may consider purchasing:

    • Low-dose aspirin
    • Vitamin E
    • Salt substitutes or low-sodium “salt” products
    • Sugar substitutes such as Splenda or agave nectar
    • Meat alternatives and protein supplements

    Heart Monitoring Devices

    Depending on your condition, you may need to pay close attention to your blood pressure, cholesterol or even blood sugar levels. Options for “over-the-counter” home health monitoring purchases include:

    • Aneroid blood pressure monitors — the traditional “cuff and gauge” blood pressure monitor used in doctors' offices and seen on TV
    • Digital blood pressure monitors combine the gauge and a stethoscope into one unit but still use a cuff; these units may include automatic deflation of the cuff when the reading is finished
    • Medical alert chains or necklaces in case of emergencies transmit a call for help to a response center when the button is pushed
    • In-home cholesterol testers
    • Blood sugar testing kits

    Before using any home testing kit, it’s important to ask your doctor for specific information about your needs. Blood pressure, cholesterol counts, blood sugar counts and other readings are not standardized; every person is different, so you should ask your doctor what to look for in your home healthcare device readings and how to properly interpret the readings you receive from your equipment. No two people have the same body chemistry; your results are unique to you and only your doctor should tell you how to proceed based on what you find. Always read the instructions carefully and go over your home health monitoring kit with your doctor first.


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  • Heart Health Costs Less at Walmart
    If you’re concerned about your heart, Walmart’s Heart Health Wellness Center is a great place to find savings on heart health essentials and key information about how to maintain a strong heart. Save when you stock up on everyday heart health basics, like vitamins and supplements, or get great prices on heart rate and blood pressure monitors from brands like ReliOn, Omron and Braun. Not sure where to start? Our Heart Health Buying Guide has tons of ideas your heart will love and make it easy to start saving at Walmart.com. You can also read articles about diet and weight management, then support your cardiovascular health with products to help control cholesterol levels and weight – both over the counter and through the Walmart Pharmacy.