What are the signals and symptoms that I will have hypertension, a.k.a. high blood pressure? The answer may surprise you because most people do not have any symptoms! So, how do you know if you have hypertension? The truth is that the only way to know if you have high blood pressure is to have it checked! That is easy! You can run to your local drug store and check it on the free machine there. Although the free machines may give you an idea of what your blood pressure is, blood pressure monitoring is not a "one-size fits everyone" deal. Your blood pressure needs to be checked by your doctor. What an individual may do to about about hypertension is attempt to prevent or control it!
High blood pressure is not always preventable. Factors like family, history, age, sex, and race are not controllable. What you can do to help prevent and/or control your high blood pressure is:
- Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Eat foods low in sodium (salt). Read the labels on canned and boxed goods. Rinse your canned vegetables with water before cooking them.
- Adults should exercise for a total of 2 hours and 30 minutes every week. Brisk walking is a good and inexpensive exercise. This will also help keep your weight in a normal range.
- Quit smoking. Ask your doctor for help with this or in Indiana call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).
- Do not drink more than 2 drinks of alcohol for a man or 1 drink for woman.
(2017, March 03). Retrieved March 15, 2017. https://www.cdc.gov/bloodpressure/index/htm