Six Tips to Help Manage High Blood Pressure From the American Medical Association
The American Heart Association defines high blood pressure as having systolic blood pressure between 130 and 179 and diastolic blood pressure between 80 and 119. Severe high blood pressure is defined as systolic blood pressure above 180 and diastolic blood pressure above 120. If blood pressure is high for too long, it can cause damage to the blood vessels. This damage can lead to several complications including heart attack, stroke, heart failure, and metabolic syndrome.
The American Medical Association (AMA) has released a report that includes six tips for improving blood pressure levels. The first tip is to be aware of your blood pressure levels so you know if you are at risk of hypertension. If you do have high blood pressure, the second tip from the AMA suggests you consult with your doctor to put together an individualized treatment plan to manage your blood pressure.
The remaining tips are related to lifestyle changes you can make to help improve your blood pressure levels. The first one recommends engaging in regular physical activity, defined as 150 minutes per week of moderate intensity activity or 75 minutes per week of vigorous intensity activity. The remaining three tips are reducing consumption of processed foods and sugar-sweetened beverages, losing weight if you are 20 pounds or more overweight, and consuming alcohol in moderation.
The AMA released their report on February 1, 2020 to coincide with February’s American Heart Month.