In recognition of Stroke Awareness Month, the American Stroke Association shares information on Stroke prevention and early identification of Stroke. You may not realize that high blood pressure is the single most modifiable factor in Stroke prevention. It is important to monitor your blood pressure and to understand what your blood pressure reading means. Talk to your doctor about what your blood pressure reading means and ask what changes you can do to lower your risk for Stroke.

The American Heart Association recommends the following ways to promote healthy blood pressure.

  1. Monitor your blood pressure routinely. It’s easy to not know that your blood pressure is elevated because there are few symptoms associated with high blood pressure. This is why it is important to regularly monitor your blood pressure and identify your need for help in controlling it.
  2. Eat a healthy diet. Good nutrition that includes fresh fruits and vegetables and is low in refined sugar and fat promotes a healthy blood pressure.
  3. Step up your activity. Incorporating gentle exercise in your every day routine is good for your heart and helps your body regulate your blood pressure more effectively.
  4. Maintain a healthy weight. A healthy weight is important for maintaining good health. If you need to lose weight, talk to your doctor about weight management strategies that are right for you.
  5. Find creative ways to reduce stress. Lowering your stress is an important part of maintaining your health! Simple techniques such as deep breathing or progressive muscle relaxation are relaxation techniques that can be performed anytime.

Simple steps like this can help you keep your blood pressure in a healthy range and impact your overall well being. Be smart. Take steps to stay healthy and reap the joys of enjoying everyday to it’s fullest.