According to the American Heart Association, nearly one-half of Americans will find they suffer from hypertension or high blood pressure.
That’s why Harrison Community Hospital is hosting a program to teach you to combat it.
Like many diseases, hypertension can be a “silent” disease.
If left untreated the condition can have serious ramifications such as heart disease, stroke and kidney disease.
Here are six steps to lower your risk:
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Losing as little as 10 pounds can help prevent high blood pressure.
- Eat a balanced diet.
- Get plenty of fruits and vegetables, especially those rich in potassium, and limit your intake of excess calories, fat, and sugar.
- Cut back on salt.
- Exercise regularly.
- Moderate exercise for about 30 minutes three times a week is a good start.
- Limit the alcohol.
- For women, that means no more than one drink a day, and for men, no more than two.
- Monitor your blood pressure.