High blood pressure is a common condition in which the long-term force of the blood against your artery walls is high enough that it may eventually cause health problems, such as heart disease. A blood pressure reading of 130 over 90 or higher is considered dangerous and known as pre-hypertension. It’s important to keep blood pressure under control because it can lead to a heart attack or a stroke.
The following tips can help prevent high blood pressure:
- Look at your family history and be aware if high blood pressure runs in the family
- Exercise at least 30 minutes a few times a week
- Do not smoke or drink alcohol excessively
- Eat a healthy diet and watch your salt intake
- Stay up-to-date with your doctor’s appointments
For more information or if you feel you have high blood pressure, see your doctor right away.