Helpful Tips to Manage High Blood Pressure
Maintaining healthy blood pressure is so important, and added stress can contribute to elevated levels. If left untreated, high blood pressure can cause a heart attack, stroke or other health problems. Here are some helpful ways to manage your blood pressure:
Talk to Your Doctor
If you have concerns or a family history of high blood pressure, it's important to let your doctor know. Together, you can make a plan to monitor and treat the condition.
Reduce your Stress
Stress is a major contributor to high blood pressure. Whether it is caused by work, family or finances, it’s important to take a step back and breathe. You can walk outside and enjoy the sunshine, practice yoga or try meditating each day to keep your stress (and blood pressure) levels down.
Did you know that carrying too much weight around your waist can put you at greater risk of high blood pressure related complications? Weight loss is one of the most effective lifestyle changes for controlling blood pressure. Taking small steps toward losing weight by exercising and eating healthy can help you see improvement in your blood pressure.
Regular physical activity — about 150 minutes a week — can lower your blood pressure. But staying consistent is key to keeping the benefits of exercise high and your blood pressure down. Some exercises you could do include walking, jogging, cycling, swimming or dancing.
Eating healthy foods such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products can lower your blood pressure. Reducing the amount of sodium and increasing potassium in your diet can improve your heart health. Not sure where to start? The DASH diet is an excellent nutrition resource aimed at reducing blood pressure. Find more information here.
Each cigarette you smoke increases your blood pressure for a period of time. Quitting helps your blood pressure return to normal and reduces your risk of heart disease, lung cancer and a variety of other complications. There is never a bad time to quit smoking.
Do not delay your care if you feel unwell, especially if your blood pressure is rising. Contact your physician to make an in person or telehealth appointment today. Visit www.caromonthealth.org for more information.