Do you “Know Your Numbers”? Well, there’s a good chance you don’t. What I’m talking about is high blood pressure (Hypertension). It is estimated that around half of adults with hypertension are not aware of their condition. It is recommended that everyone have their blood pressure checked regularly, preferably yearly. Hypertension affects around 1 in 7 adult Australians, and becomes more common with age because our arteries get more rigid (less elastic).
What defines high blood pressure? It’s when your blood is pumping with more force than normal through your arteries. This speeds up the clogging of your arteries with fatty plaque which contributes to many illnesses, such as heart attack and stroke.
Prevention is certainly preferable to a cure, so here are a few ways you can reduce the risk of hypertension:
- Reduce salt intake
- Exercise regularly
- Eat a well-balanced diet
- Limit alcohol intake
- Maintain a healthy weight
It is recommended that you should start getting your blood pressure checked by a health professional before purchasing a device for home use.
We at the Friendlies pharmacies have experienced staff who can assist you with any queries you may have regarding Hypertension, medication, and blood pressure machines.
We also offer a free blood pressure check in store, be sure to ask when in store next.
So, know your numbers, it could save your life.