Know your numbers for good health

Regularly monitoring and knowing your blood pressure is very important. High blood pressure often has no symptoms and uncontrolled blood pressure can result in heart disease.

Blood pressure is routinely tested when visit your health care provider. There are also a growing number of ways to get your blood pressure checked that are easy and convenient. Many storefronts have testing machines, there are free testing in health and fitness fairs, and there are digital blood pressure cuffs that are available for people to use in their own homes.

Be sure to speak with your health care provider about your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar numbers to see where you’re at and take some steps to improve your health.

No matter what your blood pressure is, it’s a good idea to follow lifestyle practices proven to help your blood pressure under control:

  • Choose heart-healthy foods and portions
  • Limit your alcohol consumption
  • Lower your stress level and find healthy ways to cope with stress
  • Talk with your provider about safely increasing your physical activity

Other resources:
American Heart Association
http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HighBloodPressure/High-Blood-Pressure-or-Hypertension_UCM_002020_SubHomePage.jsp

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