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5 Steps to keep blood pressure under control

Uncontrolled hypertension can be a significant risk factor for heart disease, kidney disease and stroke, and primary care clinicians are often the first to detect signs of prehypertension and hypertension. Blood pressure is determined both by the amount of blood your heart pumps and the amount of resistance to blood flow in your arteries. A blood pressure reading is given in millimeters of mercury (mm Hg). It has two numbers.

Top number (systolic pressure). The first, or upper, number measures the pressure in your arteries when your heart beats.

Bottom number (diastolic pressure). The second, or lower, number measures the pressure in your arteries between beats

If you have high blood pressure, here are some recommendations:

1. Monitor your blood pressure and HR daily and as needed, record your BP reading in the log for next visit.

2. New blood pressure medication can sometimes cause dizziness or lightheadedness, move in a slower pace until adjusted

3. Recommend a healthy diet with low salt and low fat content.

4. Self-care and relaxation techniques such as soft music, yoga and meditations.

5. Daily exercise of at least 30 minutes such as walking, swimming and cycling.

Call us to schedule Blood Pressure Management Consultation now at 425-825-3900

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