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Blood Pressure: Keep it Low to Keep Healthy!

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May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) uncontrolled high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, raises the risk for heart disease and stroke, which are the leading causes of death in the US. To lower your risk, CDC recommends getting your blood pressure checked regularly and taking action to control your blood pressure if it is too high.

Here are some tips from the American Heart Association to help you keep your blood pressure under control

  • Eat a well-balanced, low salt diet
  • Limit alcohol
  • Enjoy regular physical activity
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • If you are on hypertension medications, take them properly

You don’t always have to go to your provider’s office to check your blood pressure. Many measuring devices are available so you can do it at home if you wish. Joy Hatfield RN, St. Joe’s Cardiology Services Nursing Director explains:

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