How high is your blood pressure?
When is the last time you checked your blood pressure? If you can’t remember, then now is a good time to have it tested. It doesn’t always come with tell-tale signs or symptoms, which makes it difficult to know if something’s not quite right. Left untreated, high blood pressure puts you at risk for health complications such as stroke and heart disease. “In health care, we want to go for one-hundred percent aware, controlled and treated,” says Rick Ward, MD, a Calgary family physician with the Canadian Hypertension Education Program.
Often, medications are effective in treating hypertension. But there’s also a lot you can do on your own to keep your blood pressure healthy. “There are important lifestyle habits that can help to prevent hypertension, such as maintaining a healthy body weight, regularly exercising, reducing your sodium intake, eating a healthy diet and restricting your alcohol consumption,” says Dr. Ward.
While cutting salt and keeping your weight under control are good places to start, we’ve rounded up some of the latest research to find five more ways you can reduce your high blood pressure risk.