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What if I Have Hypertension?

May 23, 2015

Have you heard of Hypertension?

Hypertension is also known as high blood pressure. Having hypertension means an individual has a blood pressure reading that is 140/90 or higher which can lead to heart complications and strokes. Sadly, high blood pressure is pretty common in the United States, so most of us may know someone who has high blood pressure. For us, this hits close to home as our momma has hypertension.

Luckily, there is a lot of scientific research out there on blood pressure that highlights a few best ways to control and lower your blood pressure. Some of those ways are to quit smoking (if you do smoke), eating less salt, exercising, maintaining a healthy weight that is right for your body, and eating well. If lifestyle changes need a little assistance, there are also blood pressure medications available which is a conversation to have with your doctor to help determine what may be right for you. AND! It’s important to follow your doctor’s directions – our momma gave us quite a scare a couple of weeks ago. She called me and casually said, “Oh, so the doctor freaked out today about how high my blood pressure was. He wanted to put me in the hospital for it.” Now, our mom always seems to have herself under control and she never wants to be a bother to her children with her needs, but in this situation I was like, “WHAT. MOM. WHY. OGAASFHK. Are you okay?!” She said that she “forgot” to take her medication the past couple of days because she didn’t feel like it. I had the chance to give my mom a loving (and stern) lecture on why it’s important for her to follow her doctor’s orders.

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