4 Easy Ways To Keep Your Blood Pressure Under Control
So how do you get started when you want to get your blood pressure under control?
“It’s different for everyone,” Fletcher said. “First, assess where you are — and figure out what you need to do next.” You can read more about the path to healthy blood pressure. Here is some more advice for getting on the right track:
Don’t ignore the risks. Some people don’t get inspired to make a change until they see a stroke ravage a beloved uncle. For others, it’s a big birthday: “I’m 50 now; I’ve got to get healthy.” Don’t wait for a tragedy or a special occasion. Make the decision to get healthier today; you won’t regret it.
Keep things in check. Checking your blood pressure and keeping tabs on your cholesterol should top your to-do list. If you use an at-home blood pressure test, make sure you do it correctly. “Fire stations are great places to get your blood pressure checked, and a simple finger stick can give you a lipid profile for a cholesterol reading,” Fletcher said. Health fairs offer screens for both blood pressure and cholesterol. Go here to understand what your blood pressure reading means. Learn why cholesterol matters.
Know the high blood pressure risk factors that you can control. They are: sedentary or inactive lifestyle, heavy alcohol consumption, excess sodium (salt) ingestion , obesity and being overweight, family history and advanced age.
Look at your lifestyle. Is your arm on auto-reach when it comes to the salt shaker? Most Americans consume far more salt than they should. Learn how to shake your salt habit. It’s also important to follow a healthy diet and get at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity per week.. Take it day by day. Perfection isn’t important; just get started!
• Family History and Heart Disease, Stroke
• Striking a Balance: Less Sodium (Salt), More Potassium
• What Are My Risks For Getting Heart Disease Infographic
• AHA/ASA Blood Pressure Monitoring Program