High blood pressure, or hypertension, is when the force (or pressure) of blood flowing through your blood vessels is consistently too high. Nearly half of adults in the US have high blood pressure. Many are not aware of their hypertension, as there are no obvious symptoms most of the time. If left untreated, hypertension can lead to damage and distress to your circulatory system and put you at risk for heart attack, stroke, and other health threats.
Older adults who have high blood pressure should develop and follow a tailored blood pressure management plan. Below are some tips to ensure that a quality blood pressure management plan is tailored for you or your loved one:
- Have a high-quality blood pressure monitor at home.
A high-quality blood pressure monitor can reflect an older adult’s BP measurement better. Moreover, since you have it at home, you can check BP anytime. It is highly recommended to check a senior’s blood pressure at least twice a day. If you don’t already have one, you can download, print, and use this BP log.
- Keep a list of all current medications.
If you’re taking medications to cure or manage a medical condition, it is imperative to keep a record of these. Your doctor can determine a better management plan if he or she knows if you’re taking meds that affect BP.
- Discuss the management plan with your doctor.
You need to discuss the management plan with your care team so that you, your PCP and any specialists can be on the same page. The the family members and the healthcare team must be working towards the same blood pressure goal.
- Commit to lifestyle changes.
Adopting a heart-healthy lifestyle can help to reduce hypertension, prevent or delay the development of high blood pressure, improve the effectiveness of blood pressure medications.
- Eat a balanced diet, low in salt
- Manage stress
- Quit smoking
- Limit alcohol consumption
- Maintain a heathy weight
- Try to get physical activity
- Take medications as prescribed
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