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Another name for High Blood Pressure is Hypertension. If you have Hypertension, the force of the blood flowing through your veins is too high. This is dangerous to your health, because it makes your heart work too hard.
How can you know if you have Hypertension? Normally, you cannot tell if you have it just by how you feel. A medical professional can test it for you, or you can use your own blood pressure monitor at home.
Blood Pressure (BP) readings have two numbers: the Systolic and the Diastolic. Together, these numbers tell you how your heart health is doing.
Here is a chart that shows the two numbers and what they mean. Where does your BP fall?
If you learn that you have High Blood Pressure, do not despair. While it cannot be cured, it can be treated and managed with medication, diet and
After you know your initial numbers and begin a treatment plan, remember to keep tabs on it by having it re-checked regularly. Your healthcare provider can
tell you what BP goal is best for you.
Treatment begins with some lifestyle changes:
♥ Maintain a healthy weight.
A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is healthy.
♥ Eat more healthy food.
Eat fruit, veggies, low-fat dairy and less saturated fat
♥ Reduce sodium in your diet.
Eat less than 1500 mg of sodium per day
♥ Get active
Try to get 90–150 minutes of exercises per week.
♥ Limit alcohol
Have no more than 1–2 drinks per day.
Medications can also help you maintain a healthy BP. If you must take medication, be sure to follow your doctor’s directions precisely.
Monitor your BP at home. You can keep a chart of your readings to help both you and your healthcare professional know that you are on track to a healthy heart!