High blood pressure usually has no symptoms. However, it increases your risk of stroke, heart attack, and kidney diseases. People whose blood pressure is below 120/80 are less likely to contract these diseases.
- Lose weight;
- Limit your alcohol intake;
- Exercise regularly;
- Reduce your salt intake;
- Make sure your diet contains enough potassium, calcium and magnesium;
- Reduce the saturated fat in your diet;
- Stop smoking;
Take any prescribed blood pressure medications exactly as directed.
When to See a Doctor
- You should have a Blood pressure check once a year if you are 45 years old or more.
- If you have strong family history of High Blood Pressure, Heart Disease or Stroke.
- If you have symptoms such as constant headache, chest pain, blurred vision or dizziness.
- If your blood pressure remains high, even after you have been on blood pressure medication.