Celebrating National Blood Pressure Month With Healthy Habits
This May, make your heart a priority. It deserves it after all: it’s hard at work every day, pumping 2,000 gallons of blood throughout the body. At SimpleFill we’re celebrating National Blood Pressure Month with by learning what you can do to keep your heart healthy.
How to Determine Your Blood Pressure
Wondering how to check your blood pressure? Give your doctor’s office a call. They have the equipment to give you the most effective reading. Blood pressure readings feature two numbers, displayed in the form of a fraction. The systolic number is at the top and reflects your arteries’ pressure when your heart beats. The diastolic number is at the bottom and reflects your arteries’ pressure between heart beats. A normal reading is 120/80 or less.
They may recommend that you take blood pressure medication to keep you healthy.
Treatment for High Blood Pressure
Doctors often cite prescriptions as the most effective way to treat high blood pressure. Diuretics, such as Chlorthalidone medication, help the body flush out sodium. Renin inhibitors, beta blockers, and ACE inhibitors are other popular prescription treatments.
There are also some simple lifestyle changes you can make to lower your blood pressure. A few common sense way to get your blood pressure back on track are:
- Sweat More
Carve at least thirty minutes out of your day to exercise. Whether you’re swimming laps or taking a brisk walk, this regular activity will help your body achieve healthy blood pressure.
- Sprinkle Salt Less
Sodium is one of the primary triggers of high blood pressure. Avoid sodium-rich processed foods and resist the urge to reach for the salt shaker during meals.
- Eat More Potassium
Potassium-rich foods are one of your best allies when trying to lower blood pressure. Bananas, potatoes with the skin, oranges, and kidney beans are a few delicious high-potassium favorites.
- Stress Less (and Sleep More!)
Anxiety takes a toll on your emotional and physical health. In order to maintain good blood pressure, it’s important to prioritize getting a good night’s sleep and managing stress during the day.
With some proactive life choices and regular checkups, you can ensure that high blood pressure doesn’t spiral out of control. If you are struggling with affording your prescriptions or navigating prescription assistance, Simplefill will give you the personal attention you need in order to access the medication you need.