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What Can I Do to Manage My High Blood Pressure?

Learning you have hypertension, or high blood pressure, can be scary. However, with important lifestyle modifications and the assistance of John Moran, MD and the medical team at More MD, you can keep your condition under control and reduce your risk for serious health complications.

Why you have high blood pressure

Your blood pressure is a measurement of the force of your blood against your arterial walls. With each beat of your heart, blood moves through your arteries to the rest of your body.

A simple blood pressure cuff can evaluate your blood pressure levels and if they’re consistently too high, you may be diagnosed with high blood pressure.

There are a number of factors that can increase your risk for developing high blood pressure. The most common risks associated with the condition include:

As you get older, especially once you reach age 64, your risk for high blood pressure also increases.

Without treatment and the proper management, high blood pressure can lead to serious health complications, including heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.

Unfortunately, in the early stages, high blood pressure doesn’t cause any noticeable symptoms. Only when the condition begins damaging your arteries and heart will you experience symptoms, like dizziness, nausea, and fainting. For this reason, routine blood pressure checks are essential.

How to manage your blood pressure

The best way to keep your high blood pressure under control is to stay on top of routine health checkups at More MD. Dr. Moran works closely with you on a treatment plan for lowering your blood pressure and preventing a heart attack and other complications.

If you need to take statins or other medications to control your blood pressure, be sure to follow Dr. Moran’s recommended treatment plan. Other things you can do to manage your blood pressure include:

Lose weight

If you’re overweight or obese, the added pounds can put extra pressure on your blood vessels. Obesity can also cause breathing issues while you sleep, a disorder known as sleep apnea, which can also increase your risk for high blood pressure.

Losing just over two pounds with daily exercise and a healthy diet can help reduce your blood pressure by one millimeter of mercury (mm Hg). You can also participate in More MD’s weight management clinic to shed excess weight.

Cut down on salt

Too much salt in your diet can significantly raise your blood pressure. Avoid adding table salt to your meals and learn how to read food labels to choose the products with the lowest sodium content.

You can also cut down on your salt intake by avoiding processed foods and incorporating more fresh vegetables and fruits in your diet.

Reduce caffeine

Caffeine can raise blood pressure in some people. If you’re already trying to manage high blood pressure, switch to decaffeinated beverages or replace all of your drinks with water.

Limit alcohol

One or two drinks of alcohol a day has shown some benefits for lowering your blood pressure. However, excessive alcohol use can have the opposite effect, raising your blood pressure by several points.

Additionally, if you’re taking blood pressure lowering medications, drinking alcohol can reduce their effectiveness and increase your risk for complications.

Stop smoking

Cigarettes have many known adverse health effects. As you’re smoking a cigarette, your blood pressure continues to increase and may stay high for several minutes after you’re done.

To get your blood pressure back to normal and maintain a healthy level, you should work through a smoking cessation program to successfully quit and stay smoke free.

Learn stress-reducing techniques

It’s important to remain aware of your daily stress to prevent high blood pressure and related heart problems.

Deep breathing exercises, meditation, and other means of relaxation can go a long way to lowering your blood pressure. You should also try to avoid stress triggers as much as possible and take time out of each day to decompress and relax.

For medical help managing your high blood pressure, schedule a consultation by calling the More MD office nearest you or by requesting an appointment through the online booking feature today.

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