High Blood PressureThursday, November 27, 2008 12:41
High blood pressure: the silent killer, are you at risk? High blood pressure is known as the silent killer because there are no symptoms. According to the American Heart Association, 1 in 3 adults has high blood pressure and nearly 1/3 doesn’t even know it! There are steps that you can take to keep high blood pressure at bay. First, risk factors that you can control include your weight. Know your BMI-Body Mass Index—if it’s 30 or more, you’re at risk. Next, watch that salt shaker—-sodium can increase your blood pressure, next, keep moving-exercise 30 minutes a day 5 days a week. go with the flow and relax-stress contributes to high blood pressure as it does many illnesses, and finally if you drink alcohol often and a lot-it can lead to high blood pressure. So keep a check on your blood pressure, if its 140/90 or greater you have hypertension and you need to monitor your pressure regularly and seek treatment from your healthcare professional. But remember, there are lifestyle changes that you can create to prevent it. Remember, prevention…it begins with you.
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