Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic Gives Tips to Lower Blood Pressure
What you don’t know about high blood pressure could hurt you. High blood pressure affects one in three Americans, yet many people with the condition don’t know they have it.
May is National Blood Pressure Education Month, and providers at Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic want you to know how important it is to regularly check your blood pressure. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), about 11 million U.S. adults with high blood pressure aren’t even aware they have it.
“High blood pressure is sometimes called ‘the silent killer’ because a patient can have it, without knowing,” Lori Kelley, Senior Director of Quality at Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic said.
Uncontrolled high blood pressure raises the risk for heart disease and stroke, which are leading causes of death in the United States. Fortunately, high blood pressure is treatable and preventable.
“To lower your risk, get your blood pressure checked regularly and work with your healthcare provider to take action and to control your blood pressure if it is too high,” Kelley added.
Recent studies show that high blood pressure is linked to a higher risk for dementia, a loss of cognitive function. Some evidence also suggests having uncontrolled high blood pressure during midlife (age 45 to 65) creates a higher risk for dementia later in life.
“It’s never too early to start thinking about your blood pressure and taking steps to manage it,” Kelley added.
By living a healthy lifestyle, you can help keep your blood pressure in a healthy range and lower your risk for heart disease and stroke. Kelley says a healthy lifestyle includes:
Eating a healthy diet
Maintaining a healthy weight
Getting enough physical activity
Limiting alcohol use
High blood pressure doesn’t just happen to older adults. About one in four men and nearly one in five women age 35 to 44 has high blood pressure.
High blood pressure is a leading cause of stroke, a condition that is on the rise among younger people. Experts think the increased risk for stroke among young adults is a direct result of the rising rates of obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes—conditions that are preventable and treatable.
Younger people should get their blood pressure checked at least once each year. You can get your blood pressure checked at primary care provider’s office at your annual wellness checkup.