At Creative Care Pharmacy, we care about our patients and we want you to know how to manage your health better. High blood pressure is a leading factor contributing to heart disease in the United States today.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 67 million American adults have high blood pressure. That’s an estimated 1 out of every 3 adults. Less than half of Americans have their high blood pressure controlled. Each year, high blood pressure costs the nation over $45 billion dollars. This amount includes medication fees, health care services, and missed days of work.
It is hard to know if you have high blood pressure because it usually has no symptoms. This is why many people go undetected for so long. Therefore, it is important to visit your doctor regularly and make sure to check your blood pressure often. There are also things you can do at home to reduce your risk.
Lifestyle modifications to prevent and manage high blood pressure:
- Sodium Reduction – One teaspoon of salt contains over 2000 mg of sodium, a whole day’s limit for some people. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends eating no more than 2,300 mg of sodium per day.
- Exercise – It is recommended that patients with prehigh blood pressure or high blood pressure exercise for 30 minutes four days a week.
- Limit Alcohol Consumption – Men should limit themselves to no more than 2 alcoholic drinks per day and women no more than 1 drink per day.
- Dietary Changes – A diet high in fruits, vegetables, potassium, low-fat dairy products, and low in saturated fats is recommended.
- Weight Loss – Weight loss is an important lifestyle change to decrease blood pressure. Studies show that a weight loss of 20 pounds can decrease systolic blood pressure from 5 to 20 mm Hg.
- Smoking Cessation – Studies show that those who have high blood pressure and smoke have an increased chance of heart disease and stroke compared to those who don’t.
If you do have high blood pressure and are taking medication, make sure to be compliant and take your medication as directed. Do not abruptly discontinue any medication without talking with your provider. Here at Creative Care Pharmacy, we offer autofill prescriptions that will automatically refill your medications to save you the hassle of having to call it in every time.
At Creative Care Pharmacy, we also have a PharmaSmart Blood Pressure Kiosk. Patients can each have their own personal smart card that keeps track of their last 10 blood pressure readings. Patients can also register online to view their blood pressure results, print reports, and even e-mail “live links” to your health care provider. Talk to one of us today at Creative Care about the importance of monitoring your blood pressure and setting up a PharmaSmart Card profile.
-Creative Care Pharmacy Staff
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