High blood pressure is a serious condition that increases your risk of heart attack and stroke. It is also very common, with about 78 million sufferers in the United States today. High blood pressure can lead to medical emergencies if left untreated, but there are many things you can do to control high blood pressure or maybe even avoid it in the first place. Take charge of your blood pressure with the following information.
High Blood Pressure Prevention
Healthy lifestyle choices can help you prevent high blood pressure. Eat a healthy diet and keep an eye on your sodium intake, as salt is closely linked with high blood pressure. Make sure you get physical activity most days to support your cardiovascular health and keep your weight under control. If you smoke, stop. Smoking dramatically increases your risk of developing high blood pressure and can make the condition worse if you do get it. Although quitting is challenging, your doctor can offer strategies to help, including medications that help to control nicotine cravings.
High Blood Pressure Treatments
If you already have high blood pressure, adopting a healthy lifestyle is more important than ever. Talk to your doctor about your diet and find out if you should follow a low-sodium eating plan. Get more physical activity, and if you’re carrying excess weight, make an effort to lose it. Stress can increase blood pressure, so work on a plan with your doctor for managing it. Limit your alcohol intake and avoid tobacco. Your doctor may prescribe medications to lower your blood pressure. Take them as directed and report any side effects, such as lightheadedness, to your doctor. Keep all doctor appointments and ask your physician about monitoring your blood pressure at home.
If you have high blood pressure, it’s important to be alert to symptoms that need treatment at Brandon Regional Hospital’s emergency room, including chest pain that could signal a heart attack and slurred speech that could indicate a stroke. From our emergency room to the Stroke Center, we have the care you need for high blood pressure-related complications and much more. You can get additional information about our Hillsborough County hospital by calling (888) 327-2636.