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Blood pressure goals The best first step to taking control is to have your blood pressure checked routinely. One reason your blood pressure is checked every time you visit your healthcare provider is because there’s no other way to know when your pressure is high—you can’t feel high blood pressure at work. Talk to your healthcare provider about your blood pressure reading and what your goals should be. What are risk factors for hypertension? Certain factors make hypertension more likely. Some factors cannot be changed, but others can. These are the risk factors for hypertension: 77 A ge. The risk for hypertension increases with age. 77M ale gender. Men have a higher risk of developing high blood pressure than women until age 55; after that, their risks are similar. 77 Blood relatives who have high blood pressure. 77 S moking. 77 Overweight or obesity. 77 A lcohol. The risk rises for anyone drinking more than one ounce of pure alcohol a day. This means an average of more than two drinks a day for men and one drink per day for women. My Blood Pressure Record Each time you have your blood pressure checked, record your results here: Date Blood Pressure © 2018 WomenHeart, ABC, CardioSmart, and StayWel . All rights reserved. Category (Normal, borderline or high?) My Blood Pressure Record Download/print this PDF ➠ 77 Too little physical activity. At least 30 minutes of moderately strenuous activity most days is recommended. 77 Sensitivity to sodium (salt). In some people, eating too much sodium leads to hypertension. African Americans appear to be more sensitive than people of other ethnic backgrounds to the effects of salt on blood pressure. 77 T ype 2 diabetes, gout or kidney disease. 77 P regnancy. Some women who do not have hypertension develop it during pregnancy. 77 Taking certain medications or herbal supplements. Certain medications and herbal supplements can raise blood pressure in some people. Common ones include steroids, ibuprofen, nasal decongestants and other cold remedies, and diet pills. abcardio.org 9


P1215 Women and Heart Disease
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