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PRCIL stresses importance of controlling high blood pressure

PALESTINE, September 20, 2013-- The treatment goal of hypertension is to reduce blood pressure so that you have a lower risk of complications.  You and your health care provider should set a blood pressure goal for you.

If blood pressure numbers are 120/80 or higher, but below 140/90, it is called pre-hypertension.  If you have pre-hypertension, your health care provider will recommend lifestyle changes to bring your blood pressure down to a normal range.  Medications are rarely used for pre-hypertension.

Many things can be done to help control blood pressure, including:

  • Eat a heart-healthy diet, including potassium and fiber
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Exercise regularly—at least 30 minutes a day
  • If you smoke, quit—find a program that will help you stop
  • Limit alcohol intake—one drink a day for women, two a day for men
  • Limit sodium (salt) intake—aim for less than 1,500 mg per day
  • Reduce stress—try to avoid things that cause stress--meditation or yoga are stress relievers
  • Stay at a healthy body weight—find a weight-loss program to help

Your health care provider can help you find programs for losing weight, stopping smoking, and exercising.  You can also get a referral from your doctor to a dietitian who can help you plan a diet that is healthy for you.

It is important to remember that high blood pressure is often called “the silent killer” because there are no symptoms.  That is why a regular check-up with your health care provider to monitor blood pressure is a necessity.

For more information, contact Palestine Resource Center for Independent Living at 903-729-7505.


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