The Higher Your Blood Pressure Numbers, The Greater The Risk
Your body’s response to daily activities and stress causes your Blood Pressure (BP) numbers to vary or change. Although it’s true that these things can raise your blood pressure, they may only raise it temporarily. But when your blood pressure is always high and at an unhealthy level, your healthcare professional may diagnose you with high blood pressure.
High blood pressure is a condition that will never go away by itself, but it can be managed over time through a combination of diet, exercise and the right medication for you.
Nearly 73 million adults in the U.S. have high blood pressure, 1 yet many don’t know it. Among those who are taking blood pressure medication, almost 40% still have numbers that are too high. And you could be one of them. If you continue to live with blood pressure that’s too high, you increase your risk of serious health conditions, such as stroke, kidney damage or heart attack.
Steps to take Action for a Healthier Lifestyle
- Maintain a healthier weight
- Be physically active
- Follow a healthy eating plan
- Reduce sodium (salt) in your diet
- Drink alcohol only in moderation
- Stop smoking
- Take prescribed medications as directed
Collaborate with you Doctor
- Set a Blood Pressure (BP) goal together
- Check and record your BP regularly
- Make sure you find the right medication for you
- Don’t skip doses: Take your blood pressure medicines every day as prescribed by your doctor.
- Create a routine for yourself: Remember to refill your prescription 1 week before your medication is due to run out.
- Make it a daily habit : Make a note on your calendar
People have a hard time remembering to take their medication, especially people who have medication to lower their blood pressure. Since there are no symptoms of high blood pressure, it’s very easy to “forget” to take the medicine.
Draw a timeline that shows exactly when to take your pills, when to eat and what to eat. Set a watch alarm to go off when it is time to take your pills. Keep a checklist or “medication diary” so you know when you have taken your pills each day. If you have Amazon Alexa, ask Alexa to remind you to take your meds at the same time each day. Use colored pens to help you keep track of more than one type of medication on a chart or calendar.