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The Low Down on High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure, commonly known as hypertension, is having a systolic blood pressure (pressure when heart contracts) of ≥140 and a diastolic blood pressure (when heart relaxes) of ≥90. Having high blood pressure increases your risk for heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure. Lifestyle modification plays an important role in blood pressure control.

Eating a balanced diet with fruits and vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy products can help regulate high blood pressure.  Reducing sodium is another important step to managing high blood pressure. Foods such as canned soups, cheese, breads, and processed meats are high in sodium and should be limited. It is also important to get regular physical activity. Engaging in at least 30 minutes of physical activity most days of the week can help lower blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure, bring it down so it does not bring you down!

Contributed by Megan Allen, MS/DI student, The University of Georgia

 

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