I’ve dealt with High Blood Pressure for over 30 years and I take medicine for it every day. I have it checked in my doctor’s office several times a year. My HBP is slightly higher than the normal range of 120/80. As hard as I try to eat healthy and exercise, my blood pressure stays higher than normal. HBP usually has no symptoms, but I get light-headed when my blood pressure goes up. Then I take my own blood pressure at home like my doctor told me to do.
My doctor tells me that I need to eat fruits and vegetables. He recommends exercising as a great way to stay healthy.
There are several factors that contribute to HBP. According to the American Heart Association, a body mass index between 25 and 30 is considered overweight. A body mass index over 30 is considered obese. The excess weight can increase the strain on our hearts and make us prone to diabetes. This causes a whole new set of issues. Drinking too much alcohol can also increase your blood pressure. If you like to drink, do it in moderation. A high salt intake is another reason that your blood pressure can be high. I try to eat foods with less salt in them. You can find no salt and low salt versions of many food items, including chips, crackers and soup. For more information on HBP, visit the American Heart Association website. They have a lot of good information on HBP.
Reducing your salt intake is a great first step. Exercising every day is a good way to keep blood pressure in check. Managing stress and eating healthy are other steps to take. Eating vegetables and fruits are important. For other tips on how to manage HBP, visit the American Medical Association website. There are a variety of ways to stay healthy.
The American Heart Association suggests that we have our blood pressure checked at least once a year. Even if you feel great and have no issues, get it checked anyway.