I am very excited to announce that earlier this week, the American Heart Association updated their recommendations on what constitutes as a healthy blood pressure. In addition to these recommendations, they included tips on how to take your blood pressure correctly. We're going to get serious in this post, but I will leave you with some positive actions you can take today to reduce your risk for high blood pressure.
Blood pressure is the amount of force put on your heart to pump blood throughout your body. A high blood pressure means that your heart is working harder to do its job and puts you twice as likely to have a heart attack or stroke.
The causes of high blood pressure can vary from person to person, but can include:
a diet high in saturated fat
a diet high in sodium (this isn't true for everyone, but managing salt intake is a good thing either way)
a lack of exercise
poorly managed stress
I will be diving into all four of these topics in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!
Without further adieu, let's take a look at the new recommendations, starting with how to get your blood pressure checked:
And as for the new recommendations, high blood pressure is now anything over 130/90.
The best news about all of this is that the recommendations refer to lifestyle changes and prevention instead of taking action/medication once your blood pressure is too high.
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