Healthy Blood Pressure, Healthy Heart   

Healthy Blood Pressure, Healthy Heart

Globally, 51% of stroke cerebrovascular disease) and 45% of ischemic heart disease deaths are caused by high systolic blood pressure. Teenage boys with normal blood pressure values are 3-4 times more likely to develop high blood pressure in early adulthood than girls. Overweight boys with systolic blood pressure of 110 mmHg and above have an increased risk of hypertension, at about 1% per year. Young adults who lead sedentary lifestyles - with both low aerobic fitness and low physical activity levels - are at risk of developing high blood pressure in 20 years. The American Heart Association recommends these 10 simple ways to keep your blood pressure in control:

1. Know your blood pressure.

2. Know what your weight should be.

3. Don't consume too much salt.

4. Eat lots of fruits, vegetables and whole-grain, high-fibre foods.

5. Limit alcohol intake (one drink a day for women, two a day for men).

6. Take your medicines exactly as prescribed.

7. Keep appointments with your doctor.

8. Follow your doctor's advice about physical activity

9. Make certain the people you care about understand their risks of developing high blood pressure.

10. Know that every step counts in managing your blood pressure.

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