How Can You Lower Your Blood Pressure?

Blood Pressure

Did you know that approximately one third of adults living in the United States have high blood pressure? In addition, the South (which includes Tennessee) has a higher than average number of cases of high blood pressure. If you are one of those affected, the good news is that you don’t have to be!

Our team at AFC Urgent Care of Chattanooga wants to share some helpful information on how to prevent high blood pressure, as well as how to lower it if you’re diagnosed.

Who Is at Risk for High Blood Pressure?

While older males are most likely to develop high blood pressure, anyone can be diagnosed, both adults and children. In fact, according to a recent study, approximately 3.5% of all children and teens living in the United States have high blood pressure. Unfortunately, these numbers are showing a trend upward as well.

High Blood Pressure Risk Factors

  • Advanced age
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Smoking
  • Adrenal and thyroid disorders
  • Too much salt in diet
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Family history of hypertension
  • Sleep apnea
  • Stress

Can High Blood Pressure Be Prevented?

While there are some risk factors, like age, genetics, and family history, that cannot be changed, there are ways you can prevent high blood pressure and the issues associated with it. You can make healthier lifestyle habits that will help lower your risk or even lower your blood pressure.

High Blood Pressure Prevention

  • Cut back on caffeine.
  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Increase water intake.
  • Exercise on a regular basis.
  • Get enough quality sleep.
  • Lower stress levels.
  • Drink alcohol only in moderation.
  • Reduce sodium intake.

When was the last time you had your blood pressure checked? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Chattanooga for a blood pressure check today without the wait.