Managing blood pressure doesn’t take a lot of work. In fact, small changes to your lifestyle can help.
Exercise: Just be a little more active. Walk instead of driving; take the stairs instead of the elevator, etc.
Eat Smart: Try to find low-fat, low-sodium diet that also tastes great. Potassium found in bananas and carrots is the best medicine for your heart.
Kick the Habits: Minimize your alcohol and cigarette intake.
Stifle Your Stress: Stress is a normal part of life. But too much can increase the risk of heart disease. Relax by doing activities you enjoy (yoga, gardening, walking, etc.) and your heart can benefit.
Monitor Your Blood Pressure at Home: Monitoring your blood pressure at home on a regular basis provides you and your healthcare professional with the information to best manage your blood pressure.
Anyone with, or at risk of high blood pressure, should monitor their blood pressure at home. Home blood pressure monitoring is one of the best methods of understanding a person’s blood pressure trend in their own environment.
It is always important to investigate accuracy and ease of use before purchasing a home blood pressure monitor. Blood Pressure Monitors should be clinically validated to be within the following:
Blood pressure changes throughout the day and night, or in different settings where you may take your blood pressure. Many things, such as stress levels, food or drink intake, activity levels, even time of day can all affect a person’s blood pressure reading at any given time. However, below are some common situations that can lead to inconsistent or inaccurate readings:
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