A RECENT REPORT FROM THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE
CONTROL ESTIMATES 1 IN 3 AMERICAN ADULTS HAS HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE.
BUT THERE ARE THINGS YOU CAN CHANGE TODAY TO GET YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE UNDER CONTROL.
DR. DAVID FRID IS A CARDIOLOGIST AT CLEVELAND CLINIC.
HE SAYS A LITTLE BIT OF EXERCISE GOES A LONG WAY. “So, a good walk outside could do it. Getting
on the treadmill, riding a bicycle- stationary or outside, I mean there are a lot of different
activities that you can do. It doesn’t have to be working in the gym. It doesn’t have
to be going out for a really long, strenuous run.” :17 DR. FRID SAYS YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE WILL BENEFIT
FROM 30-45 MINUTES OF EXERCISE, 3-5 DAYS A WEEK.
JUST MAKE SURE THE ACTIVITY RAISES YOUR HEART RATE ABOVE IT’S RESTING LEVEL.
HE SAYS A LOW-SODIUM DIET THAT’S MADE UP OF FOODS PACKED WITH POTASSIUM, CALCIUM, AND
MAGNESIUM WILL ALSO HELP. AND HE SAYS BLOOD PRESSURE MEDICATIONS ARE
BETTER THAN EVER. DR. FRID SAYS EVEN IF YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE
IS NOT HIGH, YOU STILL HAVE TO KEEP IT UNDER CONTROL. “One of the problems with blood pressure
is your body is working real hard, but often, until you have an event, until you have a
heart attack or have a stroke or you develop kidney failure- you don’t know. For the
longest time we’ve called high blood pressure the silent killer because, in fact, there
are no symptoms. ” :21 DR. FRID SAYS HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE IS DEFINED
AS BLOOD PRESSURE GREATER THAN OR EQUAL TO 140/90 mm-Hg.