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Knowing your risk factors is the first step in preventing and controlling high blood pressure. Risk factors include:
- Age -- The older you are, the greater your chance of getting high blood pressure.
- Heredity -- High blood pressure can run in the family.
- Race -- African Americans, for example, are
Blood pressure is the pressure inside the arteries (blood vessels). It is measured in two numbers, such as 110/70 (110 over 70).
- The first or top number (systolic pressure) is the highest pressure in the arteries when the heart pumps blood into them.
- The second or bottom number (diastolic pressure)
Your blood pressure should be checked at every office visit. For healthy men and women, these checks should be done at least every two years. More frequent checks are needed for people at risk or who have had high blood pressure in the past. Ask your provider if you should check your blood pressure...Read More
Heart and lung fitness is the most important health reason for regular exercise. But regular exercise can also help you to:
- lose weight or maintain a desirable weight
- control blood cholesterol, blood pressure, or diabetes
- improve your mental outlook and physical endurance
- reduce stress
To help control or lower your blood pressure, your health care provider may prescribe one or more of the following:
- Weight control -- A new meal plan may be the first step to control your blood pressure. Losing weight can also help you control cholesterol and diabetes.
- Limit sodium (salt) -- Most
Points to remember for aerobic exercise:
- Your aerobic activity should be in addition to routine activities of daily living (lighter activities that last less than 10 minutes).
- You can combine moderate and vigorous activity to meet your weekly goal. For example, some people might choose to walk briskly
If you have high blood pressure, discuss any questions you have with your provider. Write your questions down and take them to your next visit. Here are some questions you might want to ask:
- How often should my blood pressure be checked?
- Should I check my blood pressure at home?
- Is it okay to