No matter whether you have hypertension or not, here are some ways to improve your lifestyle to better your health.
According to the Center of Disease Control, one in every three adults has hypertension, or high blood pressure. High blood pressure puts a strain on the heart and blood vessels, which can increase your risk of heart attack, stroke or kidney disease. Find out how to protect yourself from high blood pressure, what to do if you have it and how your New Bedford cardiologist Dr. Alan Weinshel can help.
A lot of these lifestyle modifications can actually be followed even if you haven’t been diagnosed with high blood pressure. If you are at risk for developing high blood pressure due to certain habits or family history you can also adopt some of these changes to your daily life. Follow these simple steps to either treat your hypertension or prevent this chronic condition from happening to you.
Eat healthy: Reduce sodium content to no more than 2,300 milligrams a day if you don’t have high blood pressure (this equates to 1 teaspoon of salt/day). If you do have high blood pressure, lower sodium content to less than 1,500 milligrams each day.
Stop smoking: Smoking increases your chances of developing high blood pressure and heart disease, which can cause heart attacks and strokes. Quit smoking to reduce your risk. Talk to your New Bedford cardiologist Dr. Weinshel if you need help ditching the habit.
Exercise more: Perform aerobic exercises for at least 30 minutes each day, about five days a week.
Lose weight: If you are overweight or obese, maintaining a healthy weight will go a long way for preventing high blood pressure.
Limit alcohol: Men should consume no more than two drinks a day while women should only consume one alcoholic beverage.
While these habits can help treat and prevent hypertension, for those who have been diagnosed with this condition there are also several medications that your New Bedford cardiologist Dr. Weinshel may prescribe including,
- Calcium channel blockers
- Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors
- Angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs)
Diuretics are often first prescribed to treat high blood pressure. However, your New Bedford cardiologist Dr. Weinshel may also recommend another form of treatment first, especially if you have other health conditions like diabetes or if you have certain allergies to medications. Combination medications may be considered in those whose blood pressure is over 160/100 (if under 60 years old) or 170/100 (in those over 60 years old).
Whether you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure or you are looking for healthier lifestyle changes to prevent this condition you can always turn to your New Bedford cardiologist Dr. Weinshel for help. If you’ve already started your drug therapy you’ll also want to see us once a month for routine checkups. Call Southcoast Cardiology today at (774) 992-7499.