February is American Heart Month, and health clinics around the country are raising awareness for the diagnosis and prevention of cardiovascular disease. To join the cause, we at Manakai O Malama are starting a dialogue with our patients this month about the link between heart health and high blood pressure.
High blood pressures, also known as hypertension, is a condition in which your blood exerts too much force, or pressure, against the walls of your blood vessels as it’s pumped around the body. When left untreated, HBP may cause heart attacks, strokes, heart failure, and even vision loss. Thus, our integrative healthcare specialists explain, it’s important to control your blood pressure through these preventative lifestyle changes:
- Monitor Your Numbers: Blood pressure consists of two different types of pressure: systolic and diastolic. The former refers to the force of the blood pumping from the heart into the arteries. The latter indicates the heart’s level of relaxation between beats. Healthy individuals have a systolic blood pressure between 80 and 120 and a diastolic between 60 and 80. Anything higher is characteristic of hypertension. To catch HPB early on, you should make a habit of checking your measurement, either with routine visits to a health clinic or an at-home monitor.
- Alter Your Diet: Heavily processed foods are high in sodium and saturated fats, both of which are linked to hypertension. Thus, to reduce the risk of developing HBP, our integrative healthcare team recommends following the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, or DASH, diet. This high-potassium, low-sodium meal plan is largely plant-based, with an emphasis on getting the proper daily serving of fruits and vegetables.
- Join a Wellness Program: Although you understand their value, lifestyle changes don’t often happen overnight. Thus, we recommend that you join Manaki’s hypertension management wellness program. Here, a team of our integrative healthcare specialists will help you develop personalized strategies to achieve all your HBP-related health and wellness goals.
Help us raise awareness for high blood pressure and heart disease this month by setting a healthy example. To join our hypertension-specific workshop or any of our other wellness programs, call our health clinic today at (808) 535-5555. For more tips on how to prevent HPB, visit Manakai O Malama online.