By Coach Meredith
I’m sure most of you know that February is National Heart Health Month. For that reason, I would like to bring awareness to blood pressure and its impact on our health.
Blood pressure is the force of the blood flowing through your heart and blood vessels. High blood pressure (HBP or hypertension) is when the force of blood flow is consistently too high.
If you have high blood pressure, you are not alone: About 85 million Americans, one out of every three adults over age 20, have high blood pressure. Nearly 20 percent don’t even know they have it.
The best way to know if you have high blood pressure it is to have your blood pressure checked on a regular basis. (This is something I can help you with J ) A normal blood pressure will read somewhere around 120/80 and anything higher than that will be considered Hypertension.
High blood pressure is a “silent killer” because most of the time there are no obvious symptoms.
Certain physical traits and lifestyle choices can put you at a greater risk for developing high blood pressure.
When left untreated, the damage that high blood pressure does to your circulatory system is a significant contributing factor to heart attack, stroke, and other health threats.
While there is no cure, making positive lifestyle changes and using medications as prescribed can help enhance your quality of life and reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and more. If we make healthy lifestyle changes, we can more than likely get off or avoid having to take medications.
Changes that matter:
By adopting a heart-healthy lifestyle, you can:
If you want to know more about blood pressure and heart health, you can find further information at www.heart.org