Have you or a loved one ever had high blood pressure? High blood pressure (aka hypertension) is a common issue for millions of families across the United States. It can lead to serious health problems if it is not treated. Whether it runs in your family or is caused by your diet and lifestyle, there are ways to manage it and get it under control.
What is High Blood Pressure?
The American Heart Association describes high blood pressure as “occurring when the force of your blood pushing against the walls of your blood vessels is consistently too high.” High blood pressure is like giving your heart and blood vessels extra work, making them strain and not function as well as you would like them to.
What Causes High Blood Pressure?
Some people have high blood pressure because of things they can’t control like genetics, age, and medical conditions. But bad lifestyle choices also contribute to high blood pressure:
- Unhealthy eating
- Lack of exercise
- Excessive alcohol consumption
The Family Impact
High blood pressure doesn’t just affect the individual—it can impact the whole family. Untreated hypertension can lead to serious complications:
- Heart failure
- Heart attack
- Kidney disease
Recognizing the potential consequences emphasizes the need to make living a healthy lifestyle a priority.
Family Lifestyle Changes
It’s easier to make healthy choices when your family and loved ones support you. You can all work together to:
- Plan out a balanced diet for the week. Include some of your favorite foods with healthy alternatives.
- Go on family walks, and hikes, or take group exercise classes.
- Quit smoking.
- Cut back on alcohol.
- Keep track of your blood pressure.
Regular blood pressure checks are crucial, especially if high blood pressure runs in your family. Visiting healthcare professionals at Your Family Medical regularly can catch it early and help you deal with it in time. Taking these steps proactively supports your family’s overall health.
Building a Supportive Environment
Creating a supportive environment is equally important. Managing stress is a shared responsibility, and your family can do stress-reducing activities together like:
- Movie or game nights
Emotional support within the family contributes significantly to maintaining healthy blood pressure levels.
If someone in your family is diagnosed with high blood pressure, seeking professional help is essential. At Your Family Medical, we can discuss treatment options, including medications, and tailor a plan that suits your family’s unique needs. Schedule your visit today.