Blood Pressure Control Can Help Prevent A Heart Attack Or Stroke
Did you know that uncontrolled high blood pressure is the leading cause of heart disease and stroke according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Statistics show that more than 67 million Americans have high blood pressure. High blood pressure shows new signs or symptoms which make it difficult for you to take control over your blood pressure.
During February Heart Month we urge you to get your blood pressure checked if it’s high, talk to your doctor about treatment. People with high blood pressure are four times more likely to die from a stroke. They are three times more likely to die from heart disease compared to those with normal blood pressure.
Tips To Get Your Blood Pressure Under Control
The American Heart Association suggests four steps to get your blood pressure under control:
- Ask your doctor what your blood pressure should be based on your age.
- Take your blood pressure medication as directed. If you can’t pay for your medication or are having side effects, ask your doctor for help. It’s crucial that you take your medication the same time each day. Follow your doctor’s instructions can make all the difference.
- Quit smoking! It’s as simple as that. If you don’t smoke then, don’t start, and, if you smoke, ask your doctor for assistance in how you can stop smoking.
- Reduce your sodium intake. Consuming too much sodium can easily raise your blood pressure. You would be surprised at how much sodium there is in sodas and even prepared foods. You can visit the American Heart Associations’ Million Hearts Healthy Eating & Lifestyle Resource Center for low sodium, heart healthy recipes.
February Is The Month Of Love!
Give your family the gift of love and get your blood pressure under control. We at The Law Offices of Nancy L. Cavey urge you to prevent a fatal or disabling heart or stroke by getting your blood pressure under control.
Reference: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Vital Signs: Awareness and Treatment of Uncontrolled Hypertension Among Adults – United States, 200-2010. MMWR. 2012: 61 (35)703-9.