Managing my blood pressure
Did you know that high blood pressure affects one in three Americans? When left untreated, high blood pressure can cause serious problems. High blood pressure makes the heart work too hard, which can increase your risk of other health problems. High blood pressure also leads to:
- Chronic heart failure
- Heart attacks
- Heart disease
- Kidney failure
- Other illnesses
- Vision issues
Could I have high blood pressure without knowing it?
High blood pressure is troubling because there are rarely warning signs or symptoms. Many people have high blood pressure, and they don’t even know it. It’s important to get your blood pressure checked regularly and to ask your doctor about managing it.
Here are a few questions to start the conversation with your doctor:
- What will happen if I don't control my blood pressure?
- How will high blood pressure affect my quality of life?
- What's my ideal blood pressure?
- Can I check my blood pressure at home?
- What's a healthy weight for me?
- Is there over-the-counter medicine I should avoid?
- Is it okay to drink alcohol?
- How active should I be?
I want to lower my blood pressure
Are you ready to improve your quality of life and lower your blood pressure? Check out these six tips to keep your heart healthy:
- Have your blood pressure checked at each doctor’s visit.
- Take your medicine as prescribed.
- Enjoy a diet that's rich in fresh vegetables and fruit, but low in salt and cholesterol.
- Find and make recipes that have low sodium.
- Get at least 30 minutes of activity every day.
- Make your life tobacco free.
Managing my blood pressure as a diabetic
If you have diabetes, managing your blood pressure is even more important. High blood pressure can make diabetes symptoms more serious. Talk to your doctor at your next visit to help ensure you’re managing your health well. Learn more about managing your diabetes.
For more information about blood pressure, visit our health library.