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My risk factor action plan This chart outlines what you need to do to keep each of these risk factors under control. You’re probably doing some of these things already. If so, check them off. As you achieve the other goals, check those off, too. You can also write in your own action items as needed. Blood pressure 77 Take blood pressure medications as directed. 77 Reduce daily sodium intake to 2,300 mg (or less, as directed). 77 Cut back on alcohol. 77 Exercise at least 30 minutes, 5 to 7 days a week. 77 Test blood pressure as often as directed. Keep a log if you test often. Cholesterol 77 Take cholesterol-lowering medication as directed. 77 Cut back on foods high in cholesterol, saturated fat and trans fat. 77 Exercise at least 30 minutes, 5 to 7 days a week. 77 Get cholesterol tested as often as directed. Diabetes 77 Work with a dietitian to develop a meal plan. 77 Take diabetes medications or insulin as directed. 77 Test blood sugar before and after meals. Record results in a log. 77 Exercise at least 30 minutes, 5 to 7 days a week. 77 Have lab tests as often as recommended. Record A1C or eAG numbers in a log. Smoking 77 Set a quit date. 77 Talk to your healthcare provider about prescription or over-the-counter medication to help you quit. 77 Join a support group or smoking cessation program. 77 Sign a quit contract, with a friend or family member as a witness. 77 If you slip up, try again. Remember that most people try more than once before they quit for good. Understanding Venous Thromboembolism My Risk Factor Action Plan Download/print this PDF To get started exercising: 77 Talk to your healthcare provider before starting an exercise program. He or she may order a stress test to assess your condition. 77 Start slowly. Work up to more vigorous exercise. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise most days of the week. 77Walk as much as you can. Whenever you get into a car, ask yourself, “Could I walk instead?” 77Wear shoes that fit and support your feet. It will make your workout safer and more comfortable. To lose weight: 77 Reduce portion sizes. You don’t have to give up your favorite foods. But do eat less. 77 Cut out empty calories. These include added sugar and added fat. 77 Burn calories with exercise. This helps you reach and maintain a healthy weight. 77 Steer clear of fad diets. There’s no magical solution to weight loss. 77Weigh yourself weekly. It will help you see trends better than daily weighing does. PLAY VIDEO Obesity Learning Check! Click the button to take a short quiz on what you’ve learned in Chapter 3. 13


P868 Understanding Venous Thromboembolism
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