Hypertension (abnormally high blood pressure) has been shown to be a major health concern in the middle age as well as the older adult population. It is a symptomless “silent killer” that quietly damages blood vessels and leads to serious health problems.
If uncontrolled, it could pose a serious threat to our general health hence, the need to make lifestyle changes as well the need to seek medical intervention to manage symptoms.
High blood pressure could be managed medically and through lifestyle modification.
These practices include but are not limited to;
- Working with one’s doctor to devise a safe and effective protocol to tackle the problem.
This helps in creating an individualized approach tailored to the patient’s bodily needs.
- Adopting a low salt but balanced diet.
This helps with providing the requisite nutrients for normal bodily function without excessive salt intake. Excessive salt intake exacerbates high blood pressure.
- Knowing your blood pressure range.
The best way to know your blood pressure is to get it checked. When you are diagnosed with high blood pressure, you should monitor your blood pressure regularly. Maintaining an awareness of your numbers can alert you to any changes and help you detect patterns.
- Stop smoking
- Maintaining a healthy weight range
- Engaging in Physical activity
- Managing stress
- Limiting alcohol intake
Managing blood pressure is a lifelong commitment
High blood pressure is very manageable if all precautions are adhered to. Adopting an individualized plan with your doctor and adopting a healthy lifestyle are cornerstones.
By adopting a heart-healthy lifestyle, you can:
- Reduce high blood pressure.
- Prevent or delay the development of high blood pressure.
- Enhance the effectiveness of blood pressure medications.
- Lower your risk of heart attack, stroke, heart failure, and kidney damage.
How can Physical Therapy help?
Physical therapy in the form of an individualized exercise regimen helps improve the bodies tolerance to basic activities which would have ordinarily caused increased stress on the cardiovascular system.
Meeting with a Physical therapist at our Great Neck or Farmingdale offices or with In- Home therapy sessions will help fashion out regimens tailored to your specific needs to improve your quality of life and to promote a healthy living towards your fight against high blood pressure.
You can fight high blood pressure!