Considering heart disease is currently the leading cause of death in the U.S., it’s never been more important to know how to take care of your heart health and lower cardiovascular disease risk. No matter what your personal heart health risks might be, from genetic predispositions to ingrained personal habits, learning how to lower cardiovascular disease risk requires a multifaceted approach—one that takes into account both the hard numbers of your health data and the intrinsic motivation needed to keep those numbers in an optimal range over time.
Enter: One Drop’s Complete Heart Health collection. Featuring a One Drop Premium subscription, Withings BPM Connect blood pressure monitor, and Withings Body scale, the Complete Heart Health collection gives you everything you need to achieve your heart health goals in one convenient package. The data from your blood pressure monitor and scale can feed directly into the One Drop app, where you’ll get access to deeper insights about your heart health, recommendations that help you stay on the right track, and one-on-one guidance from our qualified health coaches.
Ready to learn how to lower cardiovascular disease risk with One Drop Complete Heart Health? Find out more about the benefits of the collection below.
1. Blood Pressure Monitoring Means No Surprises About Your Heart Health
Reminder: When you measure your blood pressure, you’re basically getting an idea of how much pressure your heart exerts against your blood vessel walls each time it beats—which, depending on how high that pressure is, might be a possible indicator of your risk of heart disease or stroke.
So, what numbers are considered “high?” Well, it depends on which number you’re talking about since blood pressure readings are given in two numbers. The top number shows your systolic blood pressure, which measures the pressure against artery walls with each heartbeat, and the bottom number shows your diastolic blood pressure, which measures the pressure against artery walls between heartbeats.
Per the American Heart Association (AHA), here’s a breakdown of what healthy blood pressure levels look like compared to high blood pressure levels:
- Normal blood pressure: Systolic less than 120 mm Hg and diastolic less than 80 mm Hg
- Elevated blood pressure: Systolic between 120 and 129 mm Hg and diastolic less than 80 mm Hg
- Stage 1 hypertension: Systolic between 130 and 139 mm Hg or diastolic between 80 and 89 mm Hg
- Stage 2 hypertension: Systolic at 140 mm Hg or higher or diastolic of 90 mm Hg or higher
- Hypertensive crisis: Systolic higher than 180 mm Hg and/or diastolic higher than 120 mm Hg
While the AHA says that high systolic blood pressure tends to be a major risk factor for heart disease in people over 50 years old, elevated systolic and diastolic blood pressure readings can lead to a diagnosis of high blood pressure.
Either way, for most people, hypertension (a.k.a. high blood pressure) has no symptoms, says One Drop coach, Lisa Graham, a registered nurse (RN) and certified diabetes care and education specialist (CDCES). That means the only way to know something’s amiss with your heart is to measure your blood pressure directly.
Yes, your doctor typically takes your blood pressure reading whenever you have an appointment, but if you want to know what’s going on with your heart more than just a small handful of times per year, it might be time to invest in a home blood pressure monitor, such as the Withings BPM Connect blood pressure monitor.
Featured in our Complete Heart Health collection (as well as our Complete Blood Pressure collection), the Withings BPM Connect blood pressure monitor connects with One Drop Premium to deliver detailed insights about your health to one convenient spot in the app. You’ll learn more about your unique blood pressure trends and get recommendations about how to act on those numbers to keep them in a healthy range, from heart-healthy cooking strategies to advice on smoking cessation.
2. Weight Management Keeps the Pressure Off of Your Heart
The link between blood pressure and heart health is pretty self-explanatory, but you might not immediately realize just how much your weight can affect your heart as well.
When you carry more weight, your heart has to work harder to pump blood through your body—especially if that excess weight includes extra fat and cholesterol in the bloodstream. Fat and cholesterol can basically act as obstacles that prevent your heart from pumping blood properly, potentially raising your blood pressure over time, explains One Drop coach, Lisa Goldoor, RN. Plus, excess weight can increase your body’s total blood volume, which can put even more pressure on your heart, she adds. (Dive deeper into the relationship between weight and heart health in our recent blog post .)
To ensure your weight stays in a healthy range for your heart, One Drop’s Complete Heart Health collection includes a Withings Body scale that, much like the Withings BPM Connect blood pressure monitor, connects with One Drop Premium, meaning you can have your weight and blood pressure numbers all in one place, in addition to customized content, recommendations, and prompts to help you stay motivated and consistent.
3. Personalized Coaching Keeps You and Your Healthy Habits On Track
It’s one thing to be able to keep your health data together, but that data is essentially meaningless if you don’t quite understand it or know how to act on it.
That’s where One Drop Premium’s health coaching feature comes in. One Drop coaches are qualified to help you in multiple areas of health, including not just heart health, but also nutrition, weight management, fitness, stress management, blood sugar management, and more.
Since the numbers from your Withings BPM Connect blood pressure monitor and Withings Body scale feed directly into the One Drop app, that means you can easily share that data with your coach as well. “This allows you to look for patterns side-by-side with your coach and make sense of your data,” explains One Drop coach, Alex, CDCES and registered dietitian/nutritionist (RDN). “We have extensive training and thousands of combined hours of hands-on experience interpreting data and trends, so no matter where you are in your health journey, you can use us as a sounding board about your data.”
Whether you’re preventing or managing a chronic heart condition, One Drop coaches meet you exactly where you are in your health journey—even if you’re not ready to take certain steps. “Whatever you are (or aren’t) ready for, we will help you starting from that place,” says Alex.
From there, you and your coach work together to create a plan that helps you achieve your health goals. Using science-backed behavior change techniques, clinical protocols, and guidelines set forth by organizations such as the AHA, your One Drop coach can help you improve everything from exercise and eating habits to stress management skills—whatever it takes to keep you and your heart healthy.
To kick off your heart health journey, download the One Drop app and see what our Complete Heart Health collection has to offer so you can achieve lower cardiovascular disease risk and manage your heart health.
This article has been clinically reviewed by Jamillah Hoy-Rosas, MPH, RDN, CDCES, and VP of clinical operations and program design at One Drop.