Keeping a healthy blood pressure
Did you know that May is National Blood Pressure Education Month? It’s a great reminder to get your blood pressure checked and to manage your blood pressure year-round.
Keeping tabs on your blood pressure is important because people with high blood pressure are at a greater risk for heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the U.S.
Nearly half of all Americans have high blood pressure and it causes about 1,100 deaths per day in the U.S. It’s important to know your blood pressure and manage your levels.
When you have your blood pressure measured, you’ll see a top number and a bottom number. Your blood pressure can vary based on your age, health condition and medications, but generally:
120/80 or below is considered healthy, and
130/80 or above is considered high blood pressure.
You can have your blood pressure measured by your doctor or at many local pharmacies.
To keep your blood pressure in-check, follow these tips.
Get an annual physical and record your blood pressure number
Take any medications as prescribed by your doctor to help manage blood pressure
Avoid alcohol and caffeine
Do not smoke
Maintain a healthy weight
Eat a healthy diet filled with lots of vegetables and fruits, and limiting processed foods
Exercise for at least 30 minutes, three to five days per week
Need help managing your blood pressure? Make an appointment with one of Adventist Medical Group’s skilled cardiologists.
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