High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a common condition that affects the body’s arteries. It occurs when the force of the blood pushing against the artery walls is consistently too high. Blood pressure is measured in millimeters of mercury (mm Hg). In general, hypertension is a blood pressure reading of 130/80 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) or higher 1. Most people with high blood pressure have no symptoms, even if blood pressure readings reach dangerously high levels. You can have high blood pressure for years without any symptoms. A few people with high blood pressure may have headaches, shortness of breath, or nosebleeds 1.
Untreated, high blood pressure increases the risk of heart attack, stroke and other serious health problems 1. It’s important to have your blood pressure checked at least every two years starting at age 18. Some people need more-frequent checks. Healthy lifestyle habits —such as not smoking, exercising and eating well — can help prevent and treat high blood pressure. Some people need medicine to treat high blood pressure 12.
Here are some tips to control high blood pressure without medication:
- Lose extra pounds and watch your waistline.
- Exercise regularly.
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Reduce salt (sodium) in your diet.
- Limit alcohol intake.
- Avoid tobacco products 2.
- Work with Lyivy Diverse Healthcare Management
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