5 Ways To Manage Your Blood Pressure

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5 Ways To Manage Your Blood Pressure

5 Ways To Manage Your Blood Pressure

By Joe Crowe

Making a few changes to your lifestyle will help you take action on an issue that affects over 78 million adults in the United States.

Sign-up for the Y's Blood Pressure Management program and meet with a “healthy heart ambassador” at the Y, who will regularly check your levels, answer any questions you have, and work with you on a wellness plan (For more information, contact Keesha Nelson at knelson@ymcabham.org and (205)324-1643).

The American Heart Association http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HighBloodPressure/MakeChangesThatMatter/Changes-You-Can-Make-to-Manage-High-Blood-Pressure_UCM_002054_Article.jsp# offers up a few other steps that you can take.

 

1. Know Your Numbers.

If your blood pressure is less than 120 systolic and 80 diastolic, you’re in the normal range. Above 130 systolic / 80 diastolic puts you in the stage 1 hypertension. If you hit higher than 180 systolic / 120 diastolic, you should contact your doctor right away.

2. Be Less Salty.

The American Heart Association recommends http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HighBloodPressure/MakeChangesThatMatter/Shaking-the-Salt-Habit-to-Lower-High-Blood-Pressure_UCM_303241_Article.jsp#.WnaNTq2ZP0c no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium a day, and no more than 1,500 mg a day if you already have high blood pressure.

3. Get Physical.

Not being active is just plain bad for your health. The American Heart Association recommends http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HighBloodPressure/MakeChangesThatMatter/Getting-Active-to-Control-High-Blood-Pressure_UCM_301882_Article.jsp#.WnaTa62ZP0c 90 to 150 minutes of aerobic or resistance exercises each week.

4. Stop smoking.

The American Lung Association http://www.lung.org/stop-smoking/i-want-to-quit/ has plenty of answers and ways to help you quit.

5. Follow your doctor’s instructions and take your medicine as prescribed. http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HighBloodPressure/MakeChangesThatMatter/What-You-Should-Know-About-High-Blood-Pressure-and-Medications_UCM_301888_Article.jsp#.WnaNya2ZP0c  Be aware that natural treatments might not work as advertised, while medicines prescribed by doctors have been studied and monitored.

Posted by Loyd McIntosh at 3:10 PM
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