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Wednesday, 12 June 2019 17:46

High Blood Pressure – What You Need To Know

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31 percent of U.S. adults have high blood pressure (hypertension), or roughly 1 out of every 3 adults. Of those with high blood pressure fewer than half have their condition under control.

High blood pressure is a serious condition that can increase the risk of several dangerous health conditions, including:
  •     Heart Attack
  •     Stroke
  •     Chronic Heart Failure
While many of the risk factors for high blood pressure are beyond our control – such as increased age, ethnicity and a family history – there are steps you can take to limit your risk and keep your blood pressure under control and prevent it's complications.
  •     Get Screened. 1 in 5 adults does not know they have high blood pressure.
  •     Keep Your Weight Under Control - being overweight increases the risk of high blood pressure.
  •     Get Regular Aerobic Exercise - At least 30 to 60 minutes a day.
  •     Eat a Healthy Diet - This includes a diet rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products.
  •     Reduce Sodium Consumption - Limit sodium to 2,300 milligrams a day or less.
  •     Avoid Excessive Alcohol Consumption - Drinking more than moderate amounts of alcohol can raise blood pressure and reduce the effectiveness of high blood pressure medications.
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