Keep Your Blood Pressure On Track
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