Understanding High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is a common condition that if left untreated can cause blood vessel damage that leads to heart disease, kidney disease, stroke, and other health problems. It’s normal for blood pressure to go up and down throughout the day, but if it stays up, you may have high blood pressure or hypertension. 

Here are some of the factors that cause high blood pressure:

  • Obesity
  • Stress
  • Drinking too much alcohol
  • Eating too much salt
  • Inactivity
  • Eating a diet low in potassium, magnesium and calcium

You can lower your blood pressure with medication and/or lifestyle changes. Here are some lifestyle changes that may help you control blood pressure:

  • Maintain a healthy weight or lose weight
  • Eat less salt and salty foods
  • Exercise regularly
  • Limit alcohol to two drinks a day for men and one drink a day for women
  • Control stress

Talk to your healthcare provider about what is right for you.

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