Blood Pressure: Know Your Numbers
The results offer clues to your health
TUESDAY, April 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Having high blood pressure makes you more likely to have heart disease or a stroke. But because high blood pressure doesn't usually cause warning symptoms, you could be at risk without even knowing it.
That's why it's important to have your blood pressure checked regularly by a healthcare professional.
High blood pressure is a particular concern if you're black because it's more prevalent among blacks than any other group in the United States. Research from Johns Hopkins University found that a primary cause of high blood pressure among blacks was stress.
However, anyone can develop high blood pressure. When you have a blood pressure check:
If your blood pressure is normal, have it re-checked at least once every two years. If your blood pressure is higher than normal, follow your doctor's advice for getting it under control. You may need to check it yourself at home between office visits using a simple cuff monitor.
Though some people need medication to control high blood pressure, the first steps are often healthy lifestyle changes, like eating more fruits and vegetables and cutting down on salt, unhealthy fats and cholesterol. Increasing exercise and limiting alcohol will also help.
To safeguard your health, make sure you know your numbers.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more about high blood pressure.By Joan McClusky
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