Blood pressure monitoring is an important part of our annual health monitoring and pre-employment medicals. Quite often we are able to pick up readings in people that are above the normal ranges and most often these same people do not know that they have high blood pressure, so it is not hard to work out where the ‘silent killer’ label comes from. If you are interested in having StaffCare nurses in to your company to provide a blood pressure clinic contact us to discuss.
Why is it important to control high blood pressure?
Normal blood pressure delivers an effective blood supply to all parts of the body without damaging sensitive organs. High blood pressure means your heart has to work harder to pump blood around your body. This can cause permanent damage to your body and increase your risk of developing heart disease and stroke. An ideal blood pressure for most people is less than 130/80.
What causes high blood pressure?
In most cases we don’t know what the cause is, but it does run in families. If you have a parent or siblings that have died early (40-50’s) due to heart disease/high blood pressure you should have your blood pressure checked regularly.
Being overweight, drinking excessive alcohol, a high salt intake, smoking and lack of physical exercise can also contribute to high blood pressure.
How can I lower my blood pressure?
- Have your blood pressure checked regularly.
- Eat 8 servings of coloured vegetables and fruit and 2-4 servings of low fat milk products per day.
- Lower your salt intake.
- Lose weight if you are overweight.
- Moderate exercise for at least 30 minutes on most days.
- Quit smoking.
- Cut down on alcohol.
- If your Dr. has prescribed medication take as directed, and have it checked every 3-6 months.
Check out the heart foundation for more healthy living tips.