10 Steps to Prevent High Blood Pressure

Did you know that 1 in 3 US Adults have high blood pressure? 20% don’t even know it!

May is High Blood Pressure Education Month. Let’s take this time to study up on the silent killer that claims 1,000 deaths a day and how we can prevent it.

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The American Medical Group Association’s (AMGA) Measure Up/Pressure Down program offers excellent resources to learn about the realities, risks, and how to prevent high blood pressure that we all need to know and understand.

10 Steps to Prevent High Blood Pressure

Did you know that you can prevent high blood pressure? There are simple steps we can all make to prevent high blood pressure

  1. Eat Right
    Fine tune your diet to limit sodium and fats.
    eat right
  2. Be Active
    Be sure to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day with things like taking stairs instead of elevator.
    be active
  3. Reduce Stress
    Know what triggers your stress and create stress-busters like time spent outside and laughter.
    Reduce stres
  4. Set Alcohol Limits
    Keep to 1 drink a day for women and about 2 for men.
    set limits
  5. Communicate
    Keep a journal to communicate all your concerns with your doctor complete with questions, treatment plans, and goals.
  6. Stop Tobacco Use
    Call 1-800-QUITNOW to quite tobacco use, consider quitting with a friend and get support with a group.
    Stop Tobacco
  7. Track Your Numbers
    Keep track of your blood pressure at the doctor’s office, pharmacy, and at home. Discuss with your doctor.
    Track Your Numbers
  8. Manage Health Issues
    What happens to one part of your body affects the whole, learn about the connections.
    Manage Health
  9. Take Your Medication
    Take your medication consistently, not just when you aren’t feeling well. Post reminders where you will see them.
    Take Medication
  10. Know Your Risks
    There are things you can control like your weight and diet but there are things you can’t control like your age, gender, and race. Learn the risks and make lifestyle changes with your family.
    Know Your Risks

These 10 steps are easy ways to keep high blood pressure in check for you and your family. Understanding the risks and knowing how to prevent them is key in fighting the alarming stats here in the US.


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