Archive for January, 2017

Blood-Pressure Screening

Ways to Stay Healthy

If your blood pressure is 140/90 or higher, then you have high blood pressure. The problem is, you can’t detect high blood pressure without screening.

Your pressure can slowly rise over time, doing damage to your internal organs, including your brain… completely unnoticed.

This makes screening for high blood pressure essential.

But, if you find you do have high blood pressure, know that there are plenty of ways to take control of it without immediately going on medications. However, it is advisable to consult with a health professional.

Keep track of your blood pressure. Start a log of your blood-pressure readings. Write your test results down at the doctor’s office. If you get a high-pressure reading, wait a few days and try it again.
There are apps available for your smartphone or tablet that you can use to record your readings.

Make sure you follow healthy lifestyle guidelines. Exercise regularly – at least 30 minutes, five days a week. I like to take a 30-minute walk every day to get my exercise in.

Don’t forget to do a bit of mediating or practice relaxation exercises.

Cut the caffeine. Along with stress, caffeine can raise your blood pressure. Remember not to have that morning coffee before going to the doctor for a test or before taking one at your local drugstore. You might also consider cutting multiple cups down to just one or two a day.

Don’t forget that if you drink sodas, that has caffeine as well unless you buy caffeine-free sodas.