Living With High Blood Pressure

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What is high blood pressure and how do you know you have it?

As you may know, the heart pumps blood into the arteries which distributes it throughout the body. As the blood is forced through the arteries, it presses against the walls. If there is too much pressure it wears the artery walls down and cholesterol forms at the damaged areas, helping plaque buildup and slowing the blood flow to the heart. Blood pressure should be checked on a regular basis by your physician or health care provider. It should be under 140/90. Anything above this is considered too high (hypertension).

Risk Factors

• Race
• Age
• Family history
• Unhealthy weight
• Stress levels
• Poor diet
• Smoking
• Excessive alcohol use

Treatment and Prevention

Here are a few things you can do to control your blood pressure:
• Eat a healthy diet
• Exercise regularly
• Maintain a healthy weight
• Reduce your stress level
• Avoid smoking
• Limit alcohol intake
• Lower sodium intake

Facts

• Roughly 1out of 3 of US adults suffers from high blood pressure
• 76.4 million Americans have been diagnosed with high blood pressure
• High blood pressure is known as the “silent killer”
• Men and women have the same incidence of high blood pressure
• African Americans & Hispanics have the highest incidence rate of high blood pressure

Source:Center for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov/bloodpressure/index.htm