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Blood Pressure: Make Control Your Goal

Posted on: May 12th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
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Grab control your blood pressure with tips from LA Medical.

May is National Blood Pressure Education Month and LA Medical wants to be sure that you are educated on what high blood pressure is and how it can affect your entire body if not treated.

One of three American adults has high blood pressure. That’s 67 million people! Unfortunately, more than half of these people with high blood pressure do not have their condition under control or even know that they are being affected by it. The condition itself usually has no signs or symptoms, but left untreated it can cause damage to your heart, blood vessels, kidneys and other parts of your body.

LA Medical wants to know, have you talked about a goal for your blood pressure with your health care provider?

Since it is High Blood Pressure Education Month, there is no better time to find out how to take control of your blood pressure goal. If you have high blood pressure, here are a few steps that can help you get it under control:

  • Participate in 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on three or more days of the week.
  • Eat a healthy diet that is high in fruits and vegetables. Consume less than 1 teaspoon (2,300 MG) of sodium a day, including sodium found in packaged or prepared foods.
  • At your next doctors’ visit, ask your doctor what your blood pressure is and what it should be. If it is too high, set a lower goal with your doctor and discuss ways that you can reach this goal.
  • Take your blood pressure medication as directed, and if you are having trouble ask your doctor what you can do to make it easier.

People who have high blood pressure can take steps to control it and reduce their risk for related health problems.

When it comes to high blood pressure control, everyone has a goal. LA Medical believes that together, we can all make controlling our blood pressure our goal this May by following a healthy lifestyle, having ongoing medical care and following treatment plans.

World Health Day- Tackling High Blood Pressure

Posted on: April 4th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger
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Hypertension, or high blood pressure, can affect all aspects of your circulatory system and many different organ systems.

April 7 is World Health Day. A different health topic or concern is chosen each year to highlight health concerns both here and around the world. The theme for 2013 is high blood pressure. LA Medical supports any efforts to keep our city and our world healthy.

High blood pressure is a common problem in the U.S. and around the world that leads to many other health related issues. The goal of the World Health Organization is greater awareness, healthy behaviors, improved detection and enabling environments.

How much do you know about high blood pressure?

  • High blood pressure is also known as raised blood pressure or hypertension.
  • High blood pressure increases the risk of heart attacks.
  • High blood pressure increases strokes and kidney failure in both men and women.
  • High blood pressure can also cause blindness, irregularities of the heartbeat and heart failure if it is not properly diagnosed and treated

These risks of complications increase if there are other factors such as diabetes present. This makes diabetes diagnosis, treatment and management even more important.

How common is high blood pressure? Are you are risk?

  • One in three adults worldwide has high blood pressure.
  • In the U.S., 1 in 10 people in their 20s and 30s have high blood pressure.
  • 5 in 10 people in their 50s have high blood pressure.
  • Blood pressure generally increases with age.

High blood pressure is both preventable and treatable. The risk of developing high blood pressure can be reduced by:

  • Reducing salt intake.
  • Eating a balanced diet.
  • Avoiding harmful use of alcohol.
  • Regular physical activity/exercise.
  • Maintaining a healthy body weight.
  • Avoiding tobacco use (all kinds).

LA Medical encourages you to take care of your health and avoid high blood pressure. Like most every disease, it’s easier and better to prevent it than to treat it. Even if you have limited mobility, see us for the canes and walkers that can keep you moving and keep your blood pressure in check. See us today to learn more.

Lean more about World Health Day at www.who.int , Source World Health Organization

Escaping the Pressure

Posted on: September 27th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

There is a medical condition lurking within millions of Americans. Some of them know they have it, while others are completely unaware. This condition can be very serious as it can cause heart disease from the narrower of arteries throughout the body. Also called hypertension, it is also more commonly known as high blood pressure. It is not known how many people currently have hypertension in the United States as it can go unnoticed for years, but the estimation is in the millions based on the obesity rate of the country.

If left untreated high blood pressure can lead to heart disease. However there are a few steps that can be taken to ensure that your blood pressure stays low or becomes lower if it is already too high.

Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight can make you two to six times more likely to develop hypertension. Even losing a few pounds dramatically decreases the risk of developing this condition.

Exercise regularly. Daily activity, even light activity like walking, can decrease the chance of getting high blood pressure by 20-50 percent.

Drink alcohol in moderation. Too much beer, wine and liquor can hike up your blood pressure if you’re having more than two drinks per day.

Calm down. Reducing stress is key to keeping your blood pressure low. Give yourself some free time and downsize your to-do list to keep yourself stress free.

Eat the right foods. Foods rich in potassium, calcium and magnesium will balance your blood pressure, and fish oils and garlic have also shown promise in lowering blood pressure.

If you or a loved one currently has high blood pressure, the above tips can help to reduce it to non-dangerous levels. Also, LA Medical Retail carries a wide selection of stethoscopes for you to keep tabs on your blood pressure and other health signs at home for a healthier life.