What’s your blood pressure? Tips to deal.
According to the CDC
, high blood pressure usually has no signs or symptoms. Many people don’t even realize they have high blood pressure.
There’s only one way to really know if you do have high blood pressure -get it checked by your doc! If it’s high, your doctor will have some recommendations. In the meantime, here are some info and suggestions from the American Heart Association:
If you have high blood pressure, there are ways you can help manage it, and if your blood pressure is normal, these are still great practices!
Choose healthy foods most of the time. A struggle for even the most stoic among us, but focus on the “most”.
Enjoy regular physical activity.
- A walk, a jog, a bike ride, or just dancing around the house, makes a difference for your heart.
- Maintain a healthy weight. If you have a ways to go on this front, talk to your doc. They can help you get set up with a program to lose.
- Manage stress. This could mean time away from work, exercise, connecting with a friend, or quiet time alone. Whatever helps you decompress- do that!
- Avoid tobacco smoke. Enough said.
- Take medications as prescribed by your doctor. Trust us, your health care provider wants to help you. Take their recommendations seriously, and offer valid feedback about the plan.
- Limit alcohol. Many people find it easier to manage their weight and activity by cutting it out altogether.
- Understand hot tub safety. It can feel great to soak, but follow posted guidelines about time spent in high temperature waters.
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Remember, knowing your blood pressure is the first step in taking control of your health. Get it checked and make control your goal! If you have questions or need help, contact RMHP Quality Improvement Team at 1-855-830-1565.