National Blood Pressure Awareness Week



Cardiac Disease is still the #1 cause for death for women in America. 1 in 4 women die from heart disease. Hypertension (high blood pressure) is a major risk factor for heart disease in America.



Why is having good blood pressure so important? Hypertension can cause:

-Aneurysm

-Chronic Kidney Disease

-Heart Failure

-Peripheral Arterial disease

-Vascular Dementia

-Heart Attack

-Stroke

-Worsening severity of COVID-19


What is normal Blood Pressure and what does it mean. Your systolic

Systolic pressure (the top number): the pressure as your heart beats or pumps blood into your arteries. Diastolic pressure (the bottom number): the pressure when your heart rests between beats. Normal Blood Pressure is 120mmHg/ 80mmHg measure in millimeters of Mercury.


What is considered elevated blood pressure. American Heart Association details this nicely with the following chart.



What can I do?

-Exercise regularly. This includes 150 minutes of moderate exercise

-Eat a healthy diet rich with fruit and vegetables

-Avoid food high in sodium. Keep your sodium intake below 2500mg per day

-Stop Smoking

-Manage Stress levels

-Moderate alcohol consumption.

-Take your blood pressure medications if prescribed

-Monitor your blood pressure using a home automatic cuff


- Seek help with a trained professional or talk to your provider to prevent or manage your blood pressure.


Resources:

-National Women's Blood Pressure Awareness Week | Office on Women's Health (womenshealth.gov)

-High Blood Pressure | NHLBI, NIH

-Understanding Blood Pressure Readings | American Heart Association

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