Hypertension is known as the "Silent Killer" meaning it isn't always associated with symptoms such as neck pain or headaches.
Obtaining proper management is the key to preventing complications of high blood pressure, such as; heart attack, stroke, aneurysms, heart failure, kidney failure, eye disease and much more.
Prevention is always better than cure.
Tips on lifestyle management;
- Lowering salt intake, limiting fast food consumption and eating a well balanced diet.
- Exercise regularly, at least 30 mins of brisk walking daily. If knee pain or weakness is a deterrent then swimming and aqua aerobics are perfect alternatives.
- A restful night's sleep is very important in keeping those blood pressure numbers normal. Switch off that phone at least an hour before bedtime and aim for at least 6 to 8 hours sleep.
- Maintaining a healthy weight (i.e BMI between 18.5-24.9)
- Smoking cessation and limit alcohol consumption.
Once lifestyle management fails to meet the desired blood pressure goals, we can now consider antihypertensive medications.
Management is always tailored specifically to each patient individually. Compliance is the key to success.
Dr. Camille Ali, MD, is a practicing medical doctor at the Healthnet Clinic, JTA Complex, Couva, Trinidad (285-4641). She is also a leading physician on Virtual Wellness.
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