High Blood Pressure Awareness

How High can you Go?

National High Blood Pressure Education Month

During National High Blood Pressure Education Month in May, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) is challenging Americans to participate in a national pledge to #MoveWithHeart to help reduce their risk of high blood pressure (hypertension).
NHLBI is asking you to pledge by posting a photo or uploading a video of yourself doing being physically active and using the hashtag.(#MoveWithHeart).
It’s never too late or too early to improve your heart health. Even small changes can make a difference when you #MoveWithHeart.
What can you do about it? Here are a few suggestions to help improve your health.
1. Try to move a little more everyday
2. Park farther away in the parking lot
3. Take a break from the ‘computer screen’ GET UP!
4. Build up to activity that gets your heart beating faster and leaves you a little breathless
5. Move for at least two and a half hours each week. (A body in motion stays in motion)
6.Find some time in your busy schedule here in Tanglewood;
You can break it into smaller chunks of time.
     (Pickleball 8-10, break, lunch, water volleyball 1:30 -3:00) break for wardrobe change
      Eat dinner at Cody’s, return for a walk around the circle.
      Or go walk the dog.
Now you’re ready to play cards, bingo, or just watch the spectacular sunsets the Lord paints for us each evening!
Blood pressure tends to increase with age. Our blood vessels naturally thicken and stiffen over time. These changes increase the risk for high blood pressure.

Unhealthy lifestyle habits can increase the risk of high blood pressure. These habits include:

  • Unhealthy eating patterns, such as eating too much sodium
  • Drinking too much alcohol
  • Being physically inactive
There are many risk factors for high blood pressure. Some risk factors, such as unhealthy lifestyle habits, can be changed. Other risk factors cannot be changed.
Heathy lifestyle changes can decrease your risk for developing high blood pressure.
What you Can NOT Change:

Ethnicity: adults. Compared with other racial or ethnic groups, African Americans tend to have higher average blood pressure numbers and get high blood pressure earlier in life.

SEX: Male/Female

GUYS:  Before age 55, men are more likely than women to develop high blood pressure. GALS:  After age 55, women are more likely than men to develop high blood pressure.

Family History:  If your grandparents, parents, and or sibling had a heart condition. Chances are huge that you will too.  See your doctor regularly.

So, take care of what you can change. Be aware of what you can’t change (genetics, age).And do something ‘extra’ for yourself this month…

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Pressure Institute

See you on Monday morning for BP checks.  It’s free and fun to meet and greet the volunteers who staff of Tanglewood Community Church Health Ministry.

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Pam Batey

Moved to Tanglewood in August 2016, with husband, Steve and dog, Maggie. Retired Paramedic, now continuing my hobby writing short stories and information in the "You and Your Health" Section of the newsletter. Active Member of Tanglewood Community Church.