High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a hefty burden on our community’s health. About one of every three adults has high blood pressure. Fewer than half have their blood pressure under control, meaning they have blood pressure of 140/90 or lower.
Blood pressure is critical to your health because high blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke, both leading causes of death in the United States. High blood pressure makes you four times as likely to die from stroke and three times as likely to die from heart disease.
If you have high blood pressure, take control.
• Take medications as prescribed.
• Learn to measure blood pressure on your own and measure it regularly. Be sure to keep your healthcare providers informed of home readings.
• Eat healthy, low-sodium foods, exercise and maintain a healthy weight.
• Limit alcohol and don’t smoke.
The health department is a member of the Kentucky Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Task Force and has resources available to help you manage your blood pressure.