Having high blood pressure is the strongest risk factor for experiencing a stroke. A person is also 3-5 times more likely to have a heart attack if blood pressure levels are elevated.

According to current medical consensus, a person with blood pressure levels above 140/90 is considered to have hypertension. Ideal readings are 120/80 or less.

Each of the seven ways we learned to manage blood pressure levels is controlled by lifestyle habits, which is actually good news.

Here they are:

  1. manage your stress
  2. prevent buildup of plaque in arteries by eating a plant-based, low fat diet
  3. maintain appropriate body weight
  4. engage in regular exercise
  5. avoid alcohol consumption
  6. maintain adequate levels of potassium
  7. limit sodium intake to no more than 1500 mg daily (one of the most important factors).

What I Learned from Session 9

Appropriate levels of blood pressure can be achieved by lifestyle changes without needing medication.

What I Choose Today

Even though my blood pressure is normal I want to reduce my sodium intake.

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