Manage and Control Your High Blood Pressure During Heart Month!

Management and control of your blood pressure is up to you, however does not have to be a difficult task. Uncontrolled high blood pressure is a leading cause of heart disease and stroke. In fact, more than 67 million Americans have high blood pressure. People with high blood pressure are 4 times more likely to die from a stroke and 3 times more likely to die from heart disease, compared to those with normal blood pressure.

High blood pressure often shows no signs or symptoms, which is why having your blood pressure checked regularly is important. It's easy to get your blood pressure checked. You can get screened at your doctor's office and drugstores or even check it yourself at home, using a home blood pressure monitor.

Control of blood pressure is a team effort. With the help of loved ones, health care professionals, pharmacists and more, this can be accomplished quite easily. One of the most important steps is to make a blood pressure goal and outline ways to reach this goal. If taking blood pressure medication, make sure you take your medication faithfully and stick with the plan outlined by your medical team.

Monitor your own blood pressure by keeping a log and most importantly make healthy choices. Exercise daily, improve your diet by shopping for fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Try to avoid foods high in sodium. Lastly, quit smoking. There are many tools available to help you do this.

For more information on how to monitor and control blood pressure visit www.heart.org

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