Diabetes and Heart Health
- Make the Link and be smart about your heart!
- Put the Squeeze on High Blood Pressure
- Facts about sodium and high blood pressure
- Cholesterol: Do you know your numbers?
- Simple Steps to Stay Healthy
Make the Link and be smart about your heart! Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the number one cause of death in people with diabetes. Yet two-thirds of patients do not consider CVD to be a serious complication of their diabetes. Make the Link and be smart about your heart! patient handouts 3 different colorful, one-page sheets with easy to read facts, tips and resource links
Make the Link – Diabetes and Heart Disease resource sheets A set of 4 one-page resource sheets for health professionals
- Are your patients with diabetes aware of their CVD risk? [PDF/445KB]
- Help patients with diabetes reduce their risk of CVD [PDF/1.7MB]
- Clinic protocols to address diabetes and CVD [PDF/443KB]
- Patient education materials for diabetes and CVD [PDF/450KB]
Poster or flier
- Make the Link between Diabetes and Heart Disease [PDF/288KB]
Sample news release People with Diabetes Can Reduce their Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke [DOC/37KB]
Put the Squeeze on High Blood Pressure Controlling blood pressure can help protect a person with diabetes from heart attack, stroke, blindness and kidney disease. Take these simple steps to control high blood pressure. This campaign was adopted from the Minnesota Health Plan/DHS Performance Improvement Project for Diabetes and High Blood Pressure.
- Press release: Organization urges people with Diabetes to “Put the Squeeze on High Blood Pressure” [DOC/36KB] News release highlighting how your organization is promoting better blood pressure control for people with diabetes.
- Ad or handout: Put the Squeeze on High Blood Pressure [PDF/108KB] A colorful ad suitable to magazines, newspapers and newsletters. Can also be used as a handout.
- Poster or handout: Put the Squeeze on High Blood Pressure [PDF/376KB] This colorful poster can also be used as a handout.
- Handout: Put the Squeeze on High Blood Pressure Postcard [PDF/164KB] A tri-fold post card with tips for blood pressure control and a blood pressure tracking card.
- Handout: Put the Squeeze on High Blood Pressure Medication Log [PDF/176KB] A tri-fold sheet (8.5”x17”) with tips for taking blood pressure control medicines and keeping track of medication issues.
- Image: [JPG/100KB- Click image for full-size] Includes the message along with a high blood pressure reading using the same colorful graphics as the “Put the Squeeze on High Blood Pressure” campaign.
- Image: 128/74 Blood Pressure Reading [JPG/36KB- Click image for full-size] Depicts a gauge with a normal blood pressure reading using the same colorful graphics as the “Put the Squeeze on High Blood Pressure” campaign.
- Some foods have a lot of sodium: bread, cured meats, soups, pizza, cheese, packaged meals and snack chips, pretzels, and popcorn.
- Americans eat too much sodium – more than twice the recommended amount for most adults (1500 mg a day).
- To cut back on sodium, eat more fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables without sauce, eat less processed and restaurant foods, and check grocery food labels for sodium amounts.
- High blood pressure makes many diabetes complications much worse. Having diabetes also raises your risk of developing high blood pressure, heart disease and other health problems. If you have diabetes, it is even more important to lower the amount of sodium you eat.
Learn more about:
- Sodium and high blood pressure – http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2012/p0207_sodium_food.html
- Foods high in sodium – www.cdc.gov/VitalSigns/pdf/2012-02-vitalsigns.pdf
- Ways to reduce sodium – www.cdc.gov/salt and http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/dash/
- Diabetes and high blood pressure – http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/consumer/problems.htm
- Heart disease and stroke – http://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/
Cholesterol: Do you know your numbers? Too much cholesterol, especially LDL cholesterol, can lead to heart attack and stroke. This ad urges people to know their cholesterol numbers and to talk to their doctor.
- Ad or handout: Cholesterol: Do you know your numbers?[PDF/424KB] A 4”x5.25” ad suitable to magazines, newspapers and newsletters.