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Woman taking her Blood Pressure
        A diagnosis of diabetes, high blood pressure, or congestive heart failure (or a family history of any of these diseases) puts you at risk for having cardiovascular complications as well.  However, just taking medication for these conditions is not enough to prevent cardiovascular disease or its complications.
        What is cardiovascular disease (CVD)? CVD is a broad term for all diseases that affect the heart or blood vessels, it includes heart attack and stroke as well as conditions such as high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, and aortic aneurysm.

To reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke know your “ABCS.”
    The letter A
A1c control.
This long-term blood glucose measurement should be less than 7%.
Aspirin therapy. Taking a prescribed dose of aspirin can help lower your risk for heart disease — talk to your doctor about the risk and benefits of aspirin use.
 The Letter BBlood pressure control. Whether you are taking blood pressure medication or not — if your blood pressure is higher than 130/80 mmHg, talk to your doctor about adjusting your medications and what other steps you can take to lower your blood pressure.
 The letter CCholesterol management. If your LDL (bad cholesterol) is higher than 100mg/dl you should talk to your doctor.
 The letter SSmoking cessation. Ask your doctor about medications and treatments that can help you to quit smoking. For resources to help you quit call 
1-800-NO-BUTTS.
Pay close attention to your blood glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure numbers. Ask your doctor for these scores as well as for any additional steps you can take to decrease your risk of cardiovascular disease.
Know your
ABCS so you can stay “heart healthy.”

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