High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure usually has no symptoms. However, it increases your risk of stroke, heart attack, and kidney diseases. People whose blood pressure is below 120/80 are less likely to contract these diseases.
· Lose weight;
· Limit your alcohol intake;
· Exercise regularly;
· Reduce your salt intake;
· Make sure your diet contains enough potassium, calcium and magnesium;
· Reduce the saturated fat in your diet;
· Stop smoking;
Take any prescribed blood pressure medications exactly as directed.
When to See a Doctor
· You should have a Blood pressure check once a year if you are 45 years old or more.
· If you have strong family history of High Blood Pressure, Heart Disease or Stroke.
· If you have symptoms such as constant headache, chest pain, blurred vision or dizziness.
· If your blood pressure remains high, even after you have been on blood pressure medication.