High blood pressure (HBP) is a serious condition that can lead to coronary heart disease, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure and other health problems. HBP is often referred to as the “silent killer,” as it has no symptoms. This is why it is so crucial to get your blood pressure checked at least every two years, and keep it under control.
Unfortunately, most people with HBP will need lifelong treatment. Your doctor will outline the best plan for you, but it may include the following:
- Lifestyle changes—Healthy habits will help you control your HBP. You should follow a healthy eating plan, get lots of physical activity, maintain a healthy weight, choose foods low in sodium, quit smoking, limit your alcohol consumption and learn effective ways to manage stress.
- Medication—Today’s blood pressure medicines can safely help most people control their HBP. The side effects typically tend to be minor. These medications work in different ways; some remove extra fluid and salt from the body, while others slow down the heartbeat or relax and widen blood vessels.
Talk with your doctor today about your blood pressure and what you can do to better your health.