May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month, and May 17 is World Hypertension Day. This makes this month a great time to learn about the causes and effects of hypertension, and ways to keep our blood pressure within a healthy range. Check out this infographic for a quick overview.
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The information in this post is not intended to replace the advice of your health care provider. Follow your doctor’s advice about your blood pressure and a diet that’s right for you.
Blood pressure is the pressure of blood pushing against your arteries.
Uncontrolled high blood pressure (hypertension) raises your risk of …
- Heart disease, heart attack and stroke.
- Damage to the brain, kidneys and eyes.
Hypertension seldom has symptoms, so it’s important to have your blood pressure measured regularly. Talk to your doctor about your ideal blood pressure numbers, and how you can achieve them.
Treatment is individualized and might include lifestyle changes:
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Get plenty of exercise.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Limit salt.
- Quit smoking.
- Manage stress.
Your doctor may recommend that you test your blood pressure at home.
If your doctor prescribes medications, take them as recommended, report side effects, and keep regular health care appointments so the doctor can check how they’re working.