Living With High Blood Pressure (hypertension)

“Your health is at the end of the fork”

Your blood pressure is an important part of your health. Adequate blood pressure is essential to supplying nutrients and oxygen to our organs and maintaining optimal body function, but excessive blood pressure levels can damage those same organs and deteriorate body functions.

The definition of “normal blood pressure” has changed over the years based on newer knowledge and understanding of human function.

In 2017, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology revised the hypertension guidelines. The current definitions are:

There are a lot of things you can do to prevent the development of high blood pressure or treat high blood if you have developed it. It is important to remember that the doctor’s prescriptions are secondary to your own actions.

“You have ownership over your health and outcomes”.

There are many lifestyle modifications that you can make to take control of and improve your blood pressure. These include:

 

https://www.lifespan.org/lifespan-living/do-you-have-high-blood-pressure-what-new-guidelines-say

 
Author
Chimezie C. Amanambu, M.D.

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