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Best Ways to Beat High Blood Pressure

Posted by Jessica Walker on May 2, 2022

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  • 47% of American adults have high blood pressure
  • Only 1 in 4 adults diagnosed with high blood pressure have it under control
  • High blood pressure puts you at risk of heart disease and stroke

We have all heard that blood pressure is very important, and that we need to keep it within a healthy range. But beyond this, what do you really know about blood pressure?

High blood pressure is often called a “silent killer” because most of the time, there are no obvious symptoms. In fact, nearly half of American adults have it. Yet, many do not know that they do. The only way to know you have elevated blood pressure is to have it checked.  

According to the American Heart Association, blood pressure is defined as elevated when the force of blood flowing through your blood vessels is consistently too high. It is very important to understand what your numbers mean. Readings above 130/80 are considered high.

High blood pressure can be a very serious, but treatable illness. If left untreated, high blood pressure can be a contributing factor to severe consequences like heart attack, stroke, or other health threats.

It is often said that, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” and that rings true. You can prevent high blood pressure by developing healthy lifestyle choices. For example, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, eating a well-balanced diet that is low in salt, managing your stress, and not smoking are all ways to fight back against developing or worsening high blood pressure.

If, despite lifestyle modifications, your blood pressure is still not managed, your physician may prescribe medication to help lower your blood pressure. You will need to take your medication as directed, so that your blood pressure can be controlled to help you live a long and healthy life, free of complications. Partnering with your healthcare team can help you to set and achieve your target goals, so that you are living your healthiest life possible.


If you can’t remember the last time you had a health checkup, it’s probably the right time to do so.

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Jessica Walker

About The Author

Jessica Walker

Jessica Walker is a registered nurse and a graduate of South University in Savannah, Georgia. Ms. Walker has extensive experience implementing care and education to assist patients with chronic diseases. She provides diabetes management education with an emphasis on decreasing patient risk factors identified through Personal Health Assessments.

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