Stop High Blood Pressure   



Stop High Blood Pressure

 
Are you about to become a victim of a silent killer? How would you know if you were on its hit list?
Most often, high blood pressure (hypertension) has no symptoms. It attacks people of all ages and backgrounds.
This common criminal strikes without warning. And it may leave death and destruction in its path. Its calling card? Stroke, heart attack, heart failure, kidney failure, blindness and more. But you can stop this silent killer-if you catch it in time.

CONFRONT THE KILLER
Don't become high blood pressure's next victim. Confront the killer and stop it in its tracks. Start by learning the facts about blood pressure and how it gets high. Then check your blood pressure as often as your doctor suggests. Spring into action if your blood pressure is too high.

LEARN THE FACTS
You need blood pressure to live. But high blood pressure increases your risk of stroke, heart attack, heart failure, kidney failure and blindness. Learn how to lower your risk.

CHECK YOUR PRESSURE
If your blood pressure is high, you may be under attack by this silent killer and not even know it. So get your pressure checked. It's easy, painless and quick!

FOLLOW YOUR PLAN

You can control high blood pressure if you have a plan. All it takes is regular health check-ups, simple changes in what you eat, exercise and, sometimes, medication.

ASSESS YOUR RISK
The silent killer may be after you and you may not even know it. Although high blood pressure can attack anyone, some people are at greater risk than others. Read through the statements below. How many of them apply to you?
Each statement that applies to you increases your risk for high blood pressure. Read on to learn how to keep this silent killer under control.

YOUR LIFESTYLE
• You smoke.
• You often eat salty, fried or greasy food.
• You often have more than two alcoholic drinks (a total of 1 ounce of pure alcohol) a day.
• You often feel very stressed.
• You have a "sit-down" lifestyle (you don't get much exercise at work or at home).

YOUR BACKGROUND
• You are over age 60. • A parent, brother or sister has had high blood pressure, heart disease, or a stroke.
• You're African-American.

YOUR MEDICAL HISTORY
• You are overweight.
• Your cholesterol level is over 200.
• You have diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, or arterial disease of the legs.
• You've had a stroke.
• It's been more than a year since you had your blood pressure checked.

CHOOSE AHEALTIN LIFESTYLE
When you choose a healthy lifestyle, the silent killer has fewer chances to make an attack. Making lifestyle changes can help lower your blood pressure and give you a new sense of pride. Each of the tips listed here may help lower your blood pressure. But you may feel overwhelmed if you try them all at once. Ask your doctor for advice about where to begin. And use your resources to support your healthy new lifestyle. These resources can include family, friends, your employer's medical or health department, community groups, and your local hospital.

EXERCISE REGULARLY
Aerobic exercise makes your heart and blood vessels work better. It can also help you lose weight. Walking, bicycling and swimming are all good aerobic choices. For best results, exercise for at least 30 minutes on most days_ Check with your doctor before doing strength-training exercises. They may increase your blood pressure. If you'd like to exercise with a group, check with your employer, community education center, or local fitness club. And be sure to see your doctor before beginning any exercise program.

WATCH YOUR WEIGHT
Losing weight may lower your blood pressure to a normal level. Or it may allow your doctor to reduce or stop your medication. Check with your doctor to find out what your target weight should be and how to get there. Exercising most days and cutting back on salt and fat are good first steps to controlling your weight. Also, think about joining a weight-loss support group through your employer or community.

KEEP STRESS UNDER CONTROL
Ongoing stress causes your heart to work harder and faster. It also constricts your blood vessels, which increases your blood pressure. You can't avoid all stress. But you can learn to control it through relaxation techniques, exercise, and a positive attitude. See if your employer, doctor, local hospital, or community groups offer stress reduction classes. You can also find tips on stress management in books and tapes. Don't forget that laughter may be the best stress reliever of all.

STOP SMOKING
Smoking increases blood pressure and damages blood vessels. It's also a risk factor for stroke and heart disease. If you quit smoking, you reduce your risk and make your control plan work even better.

LIMIT ALCOHOL
Having more than two alcoholic drinks (a total of 1 ounce of pure alcohol) on most days may raise your blood pressure. Instead, drink juice, low calorie soft drinks, or low-salt mineral.

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Happy reading,
Evelyn


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