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What Does It Mean to Have High Blood Pressure?

If you've been told you have high blood pressure, you are not alone! In fact, more than 103 million Americans have been diagnosed with the condition. That's nearly half of all American adults.

Not sure what the condition even is, though? Let our team at AFC Urgent Care Bronx Webster Ave. fill you in on some facts.

What Is Blood Pressure?

First things first, what even is blood pressure? It's exactly what it sounds like—it's the pressure with which your blood hits your artery walls as it moves through the body.

Normally, it moves pretty seamlessly. But when you have high blood pressure, also called hypertension, that means the blood is hitting those walls quite forcefully. Over time, this can damage the arteries and increase your risk of heart attack and heart disease.

High Blood Pressure Risk Factors

  • A sedentary lifestyle
  • Diet high in sodium
  • Diet low in potassium
  • Family history of high blood pressure
  • Excess weight
  • Tobacco use or smoking
  • Excess alcohol intake
  • Uncontrolled stress

How Can I Lower My Blood Pressure?

If you've been diagnosed with high blood pressure or believe you're at risk, there are steps you can take to lower your blood pressure. Your first and best step is to review the risk factors and get to work on mitigating any that you have.

Healthy lifestyle habits are your best bet for reducing your risk factors. Eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly, don't smoke, limit your alcohol consumption and find healthy ways to manage stress. Adding certain foods to your diet can also help.

Foods That Help Promote Healthy Blood Pressure

  • Leafy greens
  • Berries
  • Oatmeal
  • Bananas
  • Fatty fish
  • Seeds
  • Dark chocolate

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