Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps blood. If the pressure remains above the normal range of 120/80 or less it can lead to a greater risk for stroke, heart attack, or other heart damage.
Take action today to lower your blood pressure by following these quick and easy steps:
Choose low-sodium products. The American Heart Association recommends consuming less than 1500 mg of sodium a day. Read the label and look for words such as, “unsalted,” “no-salt-added,” “reduced sodium,” “sodium-free” or “low in sodium.” A diet high in fruits and vegetables has been linked to a decreased risk of both hypertension and stroke. Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids have positive effects on hypertension and cardiovascular disease by relaxing arteries and thinning the blood.
Make an appointment to get a physical with your Primary Care Physician to get your blood pressure checked. Don’t have a PCP? We have you covered! Call 889-CARE to find an expert physician today!
Reduce your stress through laughter! Humor can give us a more lighthearted perspective and help us view events as ‘challenges’, thereby making them less stressful and more positive. Laughter connects us with others. Just as with smiling and kindness, most people find that laughter is contagious, so if you bring more laughter into your life, you can most likely help others around you to laugh more, and realize these benefits as well.
How are high blood pressure and exercise connected? Regular physical activity makes your heart stronger. A stronger heart can pump more blood with less effort. If your heart can work less to pump, the force on your arteries decreases, lowering your blood pressure. Take a walk for 20 to 30 minutes on most days of the week. Take the stairs, easy and convenient way to slip in some exercise into your day! Or sign up to attend a Zumba class! Increasing your activity will improve your overall sense of well-being as you lower your blood pressure.
Would you like more information about your, personal risk of hypertension? Take our free online, cardiovascular risk survey!