Facts About High Blood Pressure
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Solo Moms are at risk of suffering from this common condition
High blood pressure (HBP) is defined by Mayo Clinic as a common condition in which the force of the blood against the artery walls is great enough that it may eventually cause health problems.
HBP has no symptoms, which is why it is often called the “silent killer.” It is important to have your blood pressure checked regularly. If you don’t have a family or personal history of HBP, the American Heart Association (AHA) recommends having it checked every two years. If you do have a history of HBP, talk to your doctor about how often you should be checked each month or year. The AHA defines borderline high blood pressure as 130/90.
If you have been diagnosed with HBP, the AHA recommends these eight tips to reduce your blood pressure:
- Eat a healthy diet, which may include reducing your salt intake,
- Enjoy regular physical activity (at least 30 minutes five times per week),
- Maintain a healthy weight,
- Manage stress,
- Avoid tobacco smoke,
- Comply with medication prescriptions,
- Limit alcohol consumption, and
- Understand hot tub safety.
Debi Conocenti has been keeping people fit and healthy for more than 20 years. A developer of corporate health, fitness, and wellness programs, she stays active with her two sons and English sheepdogs.
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