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:
• Eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains and low in saturated fats, salt and sugar
• Regularly engaging in physical activity
• Maintaining a healthy weight
• Limiting alcohol consumption and avoiding tobacco
Embracing a healthy lifestyle is critical for the prevention of high blood pressure and is even more critical in managing the condition. These changes should be thought of as a medicine prescription. You must do them regularly and consistently.
Managing High Blood Pressure
Take medication if it is prescribed for you. If you are diagnosed with hypertension, your doctor will most likely prescribe medication in addition to a lifestyle modification plan. It is vital to your well-being to follow your doctor’s recommendations very carefully and take your medication as directed. There is no cure for high blood pressure. It is a lifelong disease, but you can successfully treat it and enjoy a healthy lifestyle if you follow your doctor’s requests.
Incorporate your treatment program into your daily routine. Once you have taking this step, maintaining a lower blood pressure is easier. Remember that by managing your blood pressure, you are lowering your risk of heart attack and blood vessel diseases, stroke and kidney disease. The earlier you start treatment the better.
After being diagnosed, managing blood pressure is a lifelong commitment. Listen to your doctor, stay informed about the disease, and live a heart-healthy lifestyle.