How Are You Celebrating American Heart Month?

American Heart MonthGetting your blood pressure under control can lead to a healthy heart.

February is American Heart Month, which is the perfect time to take a look at what you are doing to take care of your heart. Knowing your blood pressure and what you can do to lower it if it is too high is the first step in taking care of your ticker.

Follow these tips to help get your blood pressure under control if it is too high.

  • Find out what your blood pressure is by talking with your doctor. If it is too high, find out what changes you can make to reach your goal of lower blood pressure.
  • If you are prescribed blood pressure medication, take it exactly as it is prescribed. Set a timer on your phone to help you remember to take your prescription at the same time each day.
  • Don’t smoke. If you are a smoker, quit as soon as possible. If you don’t smoke, don’t start.
  • Reduce your so
    dium intake. The typical American consumes much more sodium than is recommended, leading to higher blood pressure. Pay attention to what you eat and do what you can to lower your sodium intake.

For all of your  needs to help you start feeling your best, contact Miller Insurance Associates in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Sun & Medication: A Bad Mix

Sun & Medication: A Bad MixIs Your Medication Making Your Eyes Sensitive To The Sun?

Did you know that there are a number of medications that can cause your eyes to become more sensitive to the sun? Antibiotics that contain tetracycline or floroquinolones, birth control, estrogen pills, and common pain relievers like Advil and Aleve can make your eyes hypersensitive to the sun.

This will not only leave you squinting in the sun, it can cause long-term damage to your eyes. Exposing your sensitive eyes to UV rays can cause macular degeneration, cataracts, and photokeratitis (sunburnt eyes).

To protect your eyes, choose sunglasses with 100 percent UV protection. That means that should block UV-A and UV-B rays. If you are going to be out in the sun for an extended period of time, increase your protection by wearing a hat with a brim that is at least three inches wide to increase your coverage. Finally, make sure that you are aware of any medications you might be on that might be increasing your eye’s sensitivity.

Does your health insurance include great vision care so you can protect your eyes this summer? To ensure you have the Pennsylvania coverage you need, contact Miller Insurance Associates in Carlisle today.