Understanding High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure- also known as HBP and hypertension- is the most common cardiovascular disease. When your blood pressure is high, your heart is working harder to pump blood. This can damage blood vessels and contribute to the hardening of arteries, which leads to heart disease, kidney failure and stroke.
Several factors affect your blood pressure. Smoking, being overweight, eating a diet high in sodium, experiencing stress, and having a family history of high blood pressure may all contribute. Lowering your blood pressure may involve several lifestyle changes, including:
- A better, more nutritious diet
- Regular physical activity
- Reducing stress
- Limiting alcohol and avoiding tobacco smoke
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Reducing sodium intake
- Taking special medication prescribed by your doctor
Your blood pressure should be checked by a healthcare provider at least once a year. Healthy blood pressure is less than 120/80. Anything over that may be a sign for concern. Talk with your ProMedica Physician about your blood pressure and how a healthier lifestyle could help your heart.
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