Most people with high blood pressure do not have any symptoms and will feel fine. It is possible to have high blood pressure for some time and not knowing it. High blood pressure can lead to complications like kidney damage or even stroke. The only way to keep it under control is to see the doctor to receive medical treatment. Blood pressure treatment is usually life long.
Even after you have seen your doctor and are receiving medical treatment, you will still need to control your blood pressure to avoid many serious complications associated with high blood pressure. High blood pressure can be a manageable disease with changes to your lifestyle and by taking your prescribed medication. Below are some advice from doctors which is about doing your part in keeping your own blood pressure levels under control.
Maintain a healthy weight, eat wisely and exercise regularly:
If you are overweight, you should make a commitment to start losing weight by eating more fruits and vegetables and eat less of deep fried and processed food. Reduce the amount of salt and fat in your diet. Get active and include some form exercise in your daily life. Regular exercise and proper dieting are key factors in achieving a healthy weight.
Cut back on alcohol and cigarettes:
It is never too late to stop smoking and drinking. The chemicals inside cigarettes and alcohol not only affects your blood pressure, but it will directly increase your risk of high blood pressure and the complications related to it.
Manage stress properly:
Your blood pressure goes up when you are excited, frightened, angry or under stress. When you are in a constant state of stress, you blood pressure can go high and stay up. Bring your stress levels down by taking time to relax, to rest and get enough sleep.
Remember to go for your regular check ups and take your medicine diligently:
Be sure to have your blood pressure checked regularly by your doctor so that your doctor is able to keep you updated on your current condition. You must remember to take your medication as prescribed.