Maintaining healthy blood pressure is so important, and added stress can
contribute to elevated levels. If left untreated, high blood pressure
can cause a heart attack, stroke or other health problems. Here are some
helpful ways to manage your blood pressure:
Talk to Your Doctor
If you have concerns or a family history of high blood pressure, it's
important to let your doctor know. Together, you can make a plan to monitor
and treat the condition.
Reduce your Stress
Stress is a major contributor to high blood pressure. Whether it is caused
by work, family or finances, it’s important to take a step back
and breathe. You can walk outside and enjoy the sunshine, practice yoga
or try meditating each day to keep your stress (and blood pressure) levels down.
Did you know that carrying too much weight around your waist can put you
at greater risk of high blood pressure related complications? Weight loss
is one of the most effective lifestyle changes for controlling blood pressure.
Taking small steps toward losing weight by exercising and eating healthy
can help you see improvement in your blood pressure.
Regular physical activity — about 150 minutes a week — can
lower your blood pressure. But staying consistent is key to keeping the
benefits of exercise high and your blood pressure down. Some exercises
you could do include walking, jogging, cycling, swimming or dancing.
Eating healthy foods such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables and low-fat
dairy products can lower your blood pressure. Reducing the amount of sodium
and increasing potassium in your diet can improve your heart health. Not
sure where to start? The DASH diet is an excellent nutrition resource
aimed at reducing blood pressure. Find more information
Each cigarette you smoke increases your blood pressure for a period of
time. Quitting helps your blood pressure return to normal and reduces
your risk of heart disease, lung cancer and a variety of other complications.
There is never a bad time to quit smoking.
Do not delay your care if you feel unwell, especially if your blood pressure
is rising. Contact your physician to make an in person or telehealth appointment
today. Visit www.caromonthealth.org
for more information.
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