You Can Beat This … Hypertension

Hypertension AKA high blood pressure is known as the “silent killer” in the United States. But, it isn’t too late to do something about it now.

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The definition of hypertension recently changed and guidelines from the AHA (November 2017) have lowered it to 130 over 80. This decision has lead to the inclusion of millions of individuals who now are classified as having hypertension.

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Did you know that lifestyle factors are the best way to address hypertension?

Get some regular physical exercise

Doctors recommend patients with hypertension engage in 30 minutes of moderate-intensity, dynamic, aerobic exercise. This can include walking, jogging, cycling, or swimming on 5 to 7 days of the week.

Reduce your stress

Avoiding stress, or developing strategies for managing unavoidable stress, can help with blood pressure control.

Avoid alcohol, drugs, smoking and unhealthy eating

Using alcohol, drugs, smoking, and unhealthy eating to cope with stress will add to hypertensive problems. These should be avoided.

Stop smoking

Smoking can raise blood pressure. Giving up smoking reduces the risk of hypertension, heart conditions, and other health issues.