Maintaining healthy blood pressure is so important and extra stress can contribute to high 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 any concerns or a family history of high blood pressure, it is important to let your doctor know. Together, you can make a plan to monitor and treat the disease.
Reduce your stress
Stress is a major contributor to high blood pressure. Whether it’s caused by work, family, or finances, it’s important to take a step back and breathe. You can walk outside and enjoy the sun, practice yoga, or try meditating every day to reduce your stress (and blood pressure).
Did you know that carrying too much weight around your waist can put you at an increased risk of hypertension complications? Weight loss is one of the most effective lifestyle changes for controlling blood pressure. Taking small steps to lose weight through exercise and eating healthy can help your blood pressure improve.
Regular physical activity – about 150 minutes per week – can lower your blood pressure. But staying consistent is key to keeping the benefits of exercise high and lowering your blood pressure. 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 the potassium in your diet can improve your heart health. You do not know where to start ? The DASH diet is a great nutritional resource for lowering blood pressure. Find more information here.
Each cigarette you smoke raises your blood pressure for a period of time. Stopping smoking helps your blood pressure return to normal and lowers your risk of heart disease, lung cancer, and various other complications. There is never a bad time to quit smoking.
Do not delay treatment if you are not feeling well, especially if your blood pressure is rising. Contact your doctor to make an in-person or telehealth appointment today. Visit www.caromonthealth.org
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