How do you monitor high blood pressure?
Did you know that approximately one and three Americans has high blood pressure and that many are unaware of it? In fact, the condition, also known as hypertension contributes to about 1000 deaths a day. Since there are typically no symptoms or signs, it’s more important than ever to monitor your blood pressure levels regularly and live a preventative lifestyle.
Take note of your levels, keep up with your regular doctor visit and stay in the healthy range. If your numbers are in the prehypertension range, it’s likely you’ll develop high blood pressure and steps aren’t taken to manage the condition.
Systolic blood pressure represents the pressure in your blood vessels when your heart beats, while diastolic blood pressure represents the pressure in your blood vessels when your heart rest between beats.
Preventing high blood pressure
Unhealthy behaviors can significantly increase your risk for high blood pressure. These include for example: Smoking, eating foods high in sodium, living a sedentary lifestyle, obesity and drinking too much alcohol. Uncontrollable factors such as family history and age also play a role. Follow the simple guidelines and set a plan in place to maintain or manager proper diet and exercise routine that is just right for you.
- Manager wait to attain a healthy BMI
- Eat a heart healthy diet: eat meals low in saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, salt and added sugars.
- Limit alcohol consumption and quit smoking
- Exercise: aiming for at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise a day
- Take medication as prescribed