This Friday is the kick-off for Fox25’s Zip Trips – and FCHP is going along for the ride! Each week a representative from FCHP will be live on Fox talking about a health topic. This Friday’s topic is high blood pressure. Be sure to tune in for more info!

Beating high blood pressure

Heart beat iconPosted May 22, 2013

Imagine you have a garden hose through which water is fed by a pump. The pressure of that pump has to be enough to move water through it, but not too much that it bursts a hole through the hose.

Your circulatory system works similarly. The term “blood pressure” refers to the force of blood against the walls of the arteries – like the water in the hose.

Keeping the pressure in check

High blood pressure is a serious problem. If your blood pressure gets too high, your risk for heart disease, kidney failure and stroke increases.

High blood pressure often has no warning signs or symptoms, so many people don’t realize they have it. Your doctor will check your blood pressure when you go for a visit, and you can also have it checked at the FCHP Information Center in Shrewsbury, every Tuesday morning from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., beginning on June 4. 

Reducing and preventing high blood pressure

A normal blood pressure reading is 120/80. Anything higher, your risks increase.

The good news is that you can control and prevent it. FCHP has programs in place to help people lower their blood pressure, and there are many healthy habit changes that you can make that help. Healthy living is often the best medicine!

Here are some suggested ways to control your blood pressure, but make sure to talk to your doctor, too. 

  • Get your blood pressure checked regularly. 
  • If you smoke, stop. 
  • If you are overweight, lose weight. 
  • Increase your physical activity. 
  • Eat a healthy diet. Reduce your intake of saturated fats and sodium. 
  • Limit alcohol intake. 
  • If you have sleep apnea, treat it. 
  • If you have diabetes, manage it well.

We’ll be talking about blood pressure on Fox25 News at 8 a.m. this Friday 5/24, live with at Zip Trips in Dedham, Mass.!

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The information written about in this blog is not intended to be medical advice. Please seek care from a medical professional when you have a health concern.