Almost half of American adults have high blood pressure. Because high blood pressure usually has no symptoms, many people with high blood pressure don’t even know that they have it.
It is important to know if you have high blood pressure because the effect of chronically high blood pressure on one’s blood vessels, heart, and brain puts them at risk for health problems, including heart attack and stroke.
The good news is that it is easy to check whether you have high blood pressure and there are a number of things that you can do to lower your blood pressure.
7 Tips to Better Control Your Blood Pressure
- See your doctor and get your blood pressure checked. If you have high blood pressure, you and your doctor can come up with a plan together.
- Maintain a healthy weight. If you are overweight, even a little weight loss can help reduce your blood pressure and reduce the strain on your heart.
- Be physically active. Physical activity can help lower your blood pressure and also help with weight loss and stress management. 90-150 minutes per week of exercise is ideal, but even a little activity is better than none.
- Quit smoking. The combination of smoking and high blood pressure increases your risk of heart disease and stroke. Click here for tips for quitting smoking.
- Manage your stress. While it is not yet clear whether emotional stress increases blood pressure, there is no question that we all need to learn how to manage stress. Click here for tips for managing stress.
- Take blood pressure medicine. Your doctor may prescribe blood pressure medicines. Most people require two or more medicines to control their blood pressure. If you are concerned about side effects, be sure to tell your doctor.
- Monitor your blood pressure at home. Learn how to check your own blood pressure and keep track of your results in trackers to share with your doctor. To purchase a blood pressure monitor, go to the drugstore in you CareZone app.
You can learn more about high blood pressure at the American Heart Association.