Effectively managing your blood pressure can help reduce your chances of life-threatening medical events, even death. Gain confidence and learn how to take control of your blood pressure with these tips and resources from the American Heart Association.
Understanding your results is key to controlling high blood pressure. Blood pressure numbers of less than 120/80 mm Hg are usually considered within the normal range, yet it is important to talk to a doctor about your healthy range.
People at added risk for high blood pressure may be those who engage in lower levels of physical activity, eat a diet high in sodium, may be overweight or obese, drink excessive amounts of alcohol and may have multiple chronic conditions.
Whether you’re making changes in your own life to combat high blood pressure or helping someone else, positive feelings and confidence are longer-term motivators to making health changes.
Watching your weight, especially if you are overweight or obese, can bring health gains; losing as little as 5-10 pounds may help lower your blood pressure. Managing your stress by relaxing for short periods during your workday, at night and on weekends is another productive practice.
Think about what challenges you face in controlling your blood pressure that you need to share with your doctor to create a plan that works for you. Have your questions ready!