How to Prevent High Blood Pressure

Posted on October 7, 2008

According to the American Heart Association, about 1 in 3 Americans has high blood pressure.  Because there are no symptoms for high blood pressure, they also estimate that 1/3 of these people don’t know they have it.  

The only way to know if you have high blood pressure is to have it checked.

Research shows that lowering blood pressure by just 2 mm Hg reduces deaths from stroke by 6% and heart disease by 4%. Lowering high blood pressure also can reduce the progression of dementia and cognitive impairment, which are more common in people with high blood pressure.1

Here are some things you can do to prevent/reduce high blood pressure:

“Effective prevention strategies include lifestyle changes.”2

–Get Regular Physical Activity

–Acheive Modest Weight Loss (for overweight or obese)

–Manage Stress

–Quit Smoking

–Reduce Sodium and Alcohol Consumption

Living a healthier lifestyle will help prevent high blood pressure and other chronic diseases.  

Get your blood pressure checked.  It’s a good thing to know.  

More info from the American Heart Association .  

  1. William D. McArdle et al., Exercise Physiology: Energy, Nutrition and Human Performance, 6th ed (Baltimore: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2007): 326. []
  2. Ibid., 327. []

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