High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

Complications of Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) [INFOGRAPHIC]

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a very serious matter.  About 1 in every 3 adults in America has it.  If left untreated, it can lead to kidney failure, coronary artery disease, stroke, and even heart failure.  Most people cannot sense when their blood pressure is high, so it is vital for you to get your blood pressure checked regularly and keep it in a normal range.  Stop by a local FastMed urgent care clinic if you are worried about your blood pressure.

Here are 10 lifestyle changes that the Mayo Clinic lists as ways to help keep your blood pressure at a healthy level and reduce your chances of heart disease:

  1. Watch your waistline and lose any extra weight
  2. Exercise 30-60 minutes most days of the week
  3. Eat a healthy diet of whole grains, fruits and veggies, and low fat dairy.
  4. Monitor and reduce sodium in your diet
  5. Limit your alcohol intake
  6. Do not use tobacco products and avoid secondhand smoke
  7. Cut down on your caffeine intake
  8. Reduce your stress
  9. Monitor your blood pressure regularly and see your doctor
  10. Get support from family and friends
Jane Lykins, MD
FastMed Regional Medical Director, Tucson AZ
Board Certified in Family Medicine