If you have high blood pressure, or hypertension, chances are you might not feel “sick.” Even so, it can have a big impact on your health. High blood pressure is one of the major causes of heart disease.
High blood pressure is serious. Making lifestyle changes that can help to improve your blood pressure is simple. Normal blood pressure is typically considered to be 119/79 or lower. By working with your doctor and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, you can help keep your blood pressure under control.
Try the following tips to help manage your blood pressure:
1. Use a blood pressure cuff to monitor your blood pressure at home. Ask your doctor or nurse to show you how to do this correctly.
2. Decrease your salt intake.
3. Focus your diet on lean protein, fruits, and vegetables.
4. Drink alcohol in moderation, or not at all.
5. Exercise regularly and watch your weight.
6. Stay on top of your stress.
7. Take your medications correctly.
If you are taking medication for blood pressure, remember to always check with your doctor before changing how you take it. Don’t stop taking your medication even if your blood pressure falls within a normal range.
Source: Kaiser Permanente
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