120⁄80 mmHg is considered a normal reading, while anything 140⁄90 mmHg and higher is considered high blood pressure. Our team at AFC Urgent Care Ooltewah wants to share some insight about high blood pressure, which is also called hypertension.
Who Gets High Blood Pressure?Anyone can have high blood pressure. While older men are most commonly affected, those of both genders and even children can be affected.
High Blood Pressure Risk Factors
- Being overweight or obese
- Too much salt (sodium) in your diet
- Too little potassium in your diet
- Too little vitamin D in your diet
- Not being physically active
- Drinking too much alcohol
- Certain chronic conditions like diabetes, kidney disease and sleep apnea
How Can I Prevent High Blood Pressure?Fortunately, by making certain lifestyle changes, you can help lower your risk of high blood pressure. Follow a healthy diet, exercise regularly, get a good night’s sleep, manage your stress levels and decrease your sodium intake to lower your risk of developing high blood pressure. You’ll also want to be sure to check your blood pressure regularly, especially if you experience any symptoms of the condition.
High Blood Pressure Symptoms
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Vision problems