Great Health Tip of the Day: Know your blood pressure

April 20, 2012

Having high blood pressure is a risk factor for heart disease and stroke.  If it is high, there are actions you can take to lower it, but first you need to check it!

How often should I check it?
At least every 2 years, at least every year after the age of 50

How do I check it?
Your doctor can check it for you or you can stop by a Harmons pharmacy to use the free blood pressure machine.

What if my blood pressure is high?
You will want to talk with your health care professional.  There are many lifestyle changes that will help lower it.  These include reducing your sodium, saturated fat, and total fat intake and increasing your intake of fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy, which are high in potassium, magnesium, fiber, and calcium. Physical activity will also help.