May is National High Blood Pressure Awareness Month! Having high blood pressure raises the risk for heart disease and stroke, which is a leading cause of death in the United States. Fortunately, high blood pressure is treatable and preventable – here are some ways you can lower your risk:
High Blood Pressure is also known as the “Silent Killer” and usually doesn’t have any symptoms – which is why it is important to get your blood pressure checked at least once a year because even if you feel normal, your health may be at risk.
Eat a heart-healthy diet and cut out excess sodium! Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean or extra lean meats. If you drink alcohol, drink in moderation. By limiting your alcohol intake to one to two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women you can lessen your risk of developing high blood pressure.
Workout! Cardiovascular or aerobic exercise can help lower your blood pressure and make your heart stronger.
Take action to control your blood pressure and call today to schedule a wellness exam with us! (907) 561-7587