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The Dangers of Prehypertension

Posted on: April 28th, 2015 by vgmforbin
Catching hypertension early will help you and your doctor treat and monitor your condition.

Catching hypertension early will help you and your doctor treat and monitor your condition.

We often hear warnings about hypertension, but the issue of prehypertension is often overlooked. Prehypertension is slightly elevated blood pressure. This may not sound serious, but it is our body’s warning sign that we need to take action to lower our blood pressure. Prehypertension often turns into high blood pressure if lifestyle changes aren’t made. Not treating it and allowing prehypertension to worsen will increase your risk of heart attack, stroke and heart failure.

So how do you know if you have prehypertension? Unfortunately, it doesn’t cause symptoms that would indicate a growing problem. Blood pressure readings are the only way to detect it. See your doctor at least once every two years to have your blood pressure checked. You may need to get a checkup more often if you have a family history of hypertension or heart disease.

LA Medical has some tips to help you fight prehypertension and the health problems it leads to.

Maintain a healthy weight – Losing just 5 pounds can lower your blood pressure. Talk with your doctor about what your healthy weight should be and find small weight loss solutions.

Increase physical activity – Regular physical activity is one of the best ways to maintain a healthy weight. If you aren’t used to exercise, start slow, increasing to at least 30 minutes of activity a day. Walking is one of the best and easiest options!

Limit your salt intake – You don’t need to cut out salt completely, but if you reduce it a little bit at each meal, you won’t even notice the loss. Make a habit of checking labels and avoid foods high in sodium like soups, frozen meals and bread.

Limit alcohol – If you choose to drink alcohol, do so in moderation. One to two drinks a day is the recommended amount for healthy adults.

LA Medical wants to help you prevent the issues that could lead to life-altering problems later on down the road. For more information about leading a healthy lifestyle, keep up with our blog!