Hypertension, or high blood pressure, if left undetected and untreated, can lead to cardiovascular disease, the number one killer in America. As high blood pressure contributes to more than 350,000 deaths in the US, each year, one of the best ways to protect against this disease is to take control early and work to prevent it from developing.
Certain lifestyle changes can help patients avoid a diagnosis of hypertension, and those include:
Maintain a healthy weight and exercise regularly. Those who are overweight should try to lose weight, even if it is as little 10 pounds, and those at a healthy weight should work to maintain their weight. Staying physically active can help maintain weight, as well as help to control blood pressure.
Eat a well-balanced diet and limit salt intake. Eating healthy foods, such as fruits and vegetables, will help manage blood pressure, as well as avoiding excess calories, fat , sugar and, particularly, salt (as excess sodium can lead to higher blood pressure).
Limit alcohol. Too much alcohol consumption can lead to high blood pressure. Recommendations are usually: for women, no more than one drink a day, and for men, no more than two.
Schedule annual check-ups with a primary care provider. At these check-ups, a primary care provider will screen a patient for high blood pressure, so it can be detected and treated early.
If at any point, signs of hypertension are detected, a patient should schedule a consultation with a cardiologist, who specializes in treatment of this condition. At this consultation, a treatment plan will be determined to best treat the patient, and keep any complications from occurring.
Lexington Clinic cardiology has multiple accreditations from renowned
third-party organizations, a history of revolutionary advances in heart
care and multiple locations throughout Central Kentucky, all to help
better care for patients. The cardiologists have a long-standing
tradition of providing superior heart care, and offer a broad range of
services and procedures. For more information, or to schedule an
appointment, please call (859) 258-5300 or (859) 258-4691, or visit LexingtonClinic.com/heart.
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