ACCORDING TO THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION, WHEN IT COMES TO BLOOD PRESSURE, KNOWING YOUR NUMBERS COULD HELP SAVE YOUR LIFE
If you have high blood pressure (HBP) also known as hypertension, the force that pushes your blood through your body’s circulatory system is consistently too high.
According to the American Heart and the American Stroke Associations, having high blood pressure increases your risk for heart disease and stroke.
The medical community calls high blood pressure a “Silent Killer,” because:
– Most of the time there are no obvious symptoms.
– Certain physical traits and lifestyle choices can put you at a greater risk of developing high blood pressure.
– When left untreated, the damage that high blood pressure does to your circulatory system is a significant contributing factor to heart attack, stroke and other health threats.
To prevent this “Silent Killer” from stealing precious years from your life or the life love of someone you love, you should make positive lifestyle changes, eat healthy foods, exercise regularly, maintain a healthy weight, and manage stress.
If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, or if you think you are at risk of developing high blood pressure, it is important to work with your doctor to keep your blood pressure under control, and to prevent further damage.
Only a doctor can diagnose you with high blood pressure, but there are several tools that have been developed to help you monitor and keep check of your blood pressure on your own. These tools can help you know if high blood pressure could be affecting you. Regular monitoring and tracking of your blood pressure will allow you to seek medical advice if your numbers are high or if they change, and could help you add years to your life.
Below are links to tools and resources developed by the American Heart Association to help you monitor and track your blood pressure, including an easy to understand blood pressure reference chart, and a link to the CCC Tracker, (Check, Change, Control) an app created by the American Heart Association to help you keep track of your numbers!
Remember, knowing your numbers could save your life!
Links to Tools and Resources from the American Heart Association