Keep Your Blood Pressure On Track

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May is National Blood Pressure Month and a good reminder to keep your blood pressure on the right track. About 70 million people in the United States, which translates to 1 in 3 American adults, have high blood pressure.

This can lead to heart disease, stroke and other serious health risks. 20% of people who have high blood pressure aren’t even aware of it. The American Heart Association suggests that adults, starting at the age of 20, get a blood pressure screening at your yearly doctor visit. The ideal blood pressure reading is 120/80 mm Hg. If your readings are always above normal or reach 140/90 mm Hg, your provider will most likely start treatment. This may involve prescription medication and/or lifestyle changes. There are a number of lifestyle changes that you can make to lower your blood pressure.

Here are a few things you can do to help prevent or lower high blood pressure:

  • Healthy diet; reduce sodium
  • Increase physical activity
  • Avoid tobacco use
  • Limit alcohol intake
  • Manage and lower stress

Sources:
http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HighBloodPressure/PreventionTreatmentofHighBloodPressure/Prevention-Treatment-of-High-Blood-Pressure_UCM_002054_Article.jsp#.VvWYnWQrJBo
http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-pressure/basics/definition/con-20019580