High Blood Pressure: Treat it, Prevent It

    (BlackDoctor.org) — High blood pressure is a silent killer. It shows few to no symptoms and many people have it for years without knowing until more serious problems occur. Studies show Blacks are about 40 percent more likely than Whites to develop high blood pressure, or hypertension. If you have risk factors or a family history of high blood pressure, there are ways you can prevent the disease. If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, there are ways to manage your high blood pressure to live a healthy life.

    By adopting a heart-healthy lifestyle, you can:

    • Reduce high blood pressure

    • Prevent or delay the development of HBP

    • Enhance the effectiveness of blood pressure medications

    • Lower your risk of heart attack, heart disease, stroke and kidney disease

    High Blood Pressure Prevention

    Be Informed

    More than 20 percent of people with high blood pressure are unaware of their condition. This silent disease has serious even fatal health consequences when gone untreated. If you have one of these risk factors talk to your doctor about mapping out a high blood pressure prevention plan:

    • Overweight or obese

    • Male over the age of 45

    • Female over the age of 55

    • A family history of high blood pressure

    • Have prehypertension

    • Suffer from certain chronic conditions including high cholesterol, diabetes, kidney disease and sleep apnea

    Change your life and reduce your risks

    If your resting blood pressure falls in the pre-hypertension range (systolic – top- number between 120 and 139 mm Hg OR diastolic – bottom – number between 80 and 89 mm Hg), your doctor will recommend lifestyle changes. Changing your lifestyle is important even if your blood pressure is normal and your focus is on prevention only. 

    To help prevent high blood pressure, there are changes you can make that are essential to protecting your health. These changes may reduce your blood pressure and help prevent serious problems. Lifestyle modifications include:

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