According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 75 million people living in the United States suffer from high blood pressure (also known as “hypertension”).

While there are some risk factors of hypertension that cannot be changed, such as family history, age and gender, our team at AFC Urgent Care Chattanooga wants you to know there are things you can do to help lower your risk of high blood pressure now and in the future.

Who Is At Risk for High Blood Pressure?

High blood pressure is more common among men than women. But anyone can experience high blood pressure, including adults and children. Therefore, it is important to seek medical attention when symptoms of high blood pressure begin to arise.

High Blood Pressure Symptoms

  • Blood in urine
  • Chest pain
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Pounding in your neck, chest and/or ears
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Severe headache
  • Vision problems

Can High Blood Pressure Be Prevented?

In many cases, yes. While there are some risk factors you can’t change, as we discussed above, living a healthy lifestyle can help prevent the condition in many cases.

Prevention Tips for High Blood Pressure

  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Improve your stress levels.
  • Lower your caffeine intake.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Reduce sodium in your diet.
  • Quit smoking.

When was the last time you had your blood pressure checked? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Chattanooga for a blood pressure reading today.