Recommendations to Help Prevent High Blood Pressure
Defining High Blood Pressure
- Prehypertension is SBP120-139 mm Hg or DPB 80-89 mm Hg
- Stage 1 hypertension is SBP 140-159 mm Hg or DPB 90-99 mm Hg
- Stage 2 hypertension is SBP more than 160 mm Hg or DBP more than 100 mm Hg
Common Risk Factors
- Age: middle-aged or elderly (onset generally happens at 20-50 years, but likelihood increases with age)
- Race: African American
- Gender: Male
- A high-normal blood pressure (systolic pressure of 120-139 mm Hg and/or a diastolic pressure of 80-89 mm Hg)
- A family history of high blood pressure
- Being physically inactive
- Taking birth control pills
- Having diet high in red meat, salt, fat
- High alcohol intake
Lifestyle Guidelines to Prevent or Reduce High Blood Pressure
- Losing weight if you are overweight
- Increasing levels of physical activity
- Eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy products
- Eating a diet that is low in saturated and total fat
- Limiting consumption of sodium to less than 2,300 milligrams per day
- Drinking alcohol only in moderation—This means no more than one alcoholic drink per day if you are a woman and no more than two if you are a man.
American Diabetes Association http://ada.org/
American Heart Association http://www.americanheart.org/
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada http://ww2.heartandstroke.ca/
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- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 11/2012 -
- Update Date: 11/28/2012 -