Living with Hypertension
What is Hypertension?
The first step to living with hypertension and management is knowing hypertension. Hypertension occurs when the blood pressure is higher than normal, and this may cause serious health issues such as cardiovascular diseases.
Hypertension is a chronic condition, and so will be with you for the rest of your life. The condition can be caused by stress, excessive alcohol consumption, and a sedentary lifestyle – all of which can be hard to avoid in our modern lifestyles.
The fact is that high blood pressure is a largely symptomless “silent killer” (Williams et al., 2018). Most of the time, there are no symptoms at all until your blood pressure has spiraled out of control. Therefore, you should never wait till a certain symptom or sign becomes obvious enough to alert you to the problem.
Living with Hypertension: What Do I Do If I have it?
Get a Professional Diagnosis
Firstly, it is most important to get your condition diagnosed. Your medical professional or doctor will be able to diagnose the severity of the condition and prescribe medication to alleviate the condition.
Secondly, you will need to make lifestyle adjustments. Below are some simple tips to follow to achieve an optimal lifestyle for recovery:
1. Avoid eating foods high in salt and fat – Reduce the toll on your heart and body
2. Avoid drinking alcohol and smoking – Kick out these bad habits
3. Exercise regularly – Structure in regular exercise to improve your heart function
4. Get sufficient sleep – Sleep is great for bodily recovery
5. Get a hobby – Hobbies are great for relieving stress
Lastly, it is important to self-monitor your blood pressure. Self-monitoring has been shown to improve blood pressure control and reduce the risk of complications. In addition, other benefits include improved self-awareness and increased compliance with treatment.
Therefore, self-monitoring should be done at least once a day. This can be done at home, in the office, or anywhere you have a blood pressure monitor. To facilitate this, ForaCare’s solutions are designed to make the process of self-monitoring easy and accurate.
Hypertension is very common in the modern world, but it does not have to be complicated to manage. Just follow the steps shared above, and you will be on track to recovery. Let ForaCare be your partner on this journey of recovery and self-monitoring.