High blood pressure, also known as hypertension occurs when the force of blood against your artery walls is so strong that it causes health problems. There are a variety of different measures that individuals can take to prevent themselves from getting high blood pressure. Mayo Clinic experts recommend these ten ways to control high blood pressure without medication:
• Lose extra pounds and watch your waistline
• Exercise regularly
• Eat a healthy diet
• Limit the amount of alcohol you drink
• Reduce sodium in your diet
• Avoid tobacco products and secondhand smoke
• Cut back on caffeine
• Reduce your stress
• Monitor your blood pressure at home and making regular doctor’s appointments
• Get support from family and friends
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 31.3 percent of American adults today have high blood pressure. A variety of different factors can put you at a higher risk for developing high blood pressure. A few of these risks include:
Age: As age increase so does risk.
Race: African Americans are more commonly found to have high blood pressure.
Family history: High blood pressure is hereditary.
Being overweight: The more you weigh, the more blood you need to supply oxygen and nutrients to your tissues which if overweight causes increasing pressure on the artery walls.
Using tobacco: Smoking not only increases your risk but also can damage the lining of your artery walls.
Stress: High levels of stress can lead to temporary high levels of blood pressure.
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Dr. Dennis Petersen’s, D.O. is located at 27403 Ynez Road, Ste 103, Temecula. To make an appointment, call (951) 506-3112.