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:
- manage your stress
- prevent buildup of plaque in arteries by eating a plant-based, low fat diet
- maintain appropriate body weight
- engage in regular exercise
- avoid alcohol consumption
- maintain adequate levels of potassium
- 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.