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I am an example of a survivor even though I don't fit the mold of what a heart survivor looks like. Most don't think of a 28 years old woman who looks perfectly healthy on the outside as a survivor, and truthfully, I didn't think of myself that way until just recently.
I learned recently that nearly half of the US adult population has high blood pressure. Small efforts like talking to your doctor and increasing physical activity can help you manage it. Starting off with something you enjoy (or once enjoyed) doing - like skateboarding in my case - is a great way to get active and can make a big difference.
For more tools and resources on managing your blood pressure, visit www.heart.org/highbloodpressure