Control your blood pressure to prevent stroke
May 09, 2013 12:00:00 AM
High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is a leading risk factor for stroke. Yet, more than 1 in every 3 adults in the Northwest has been diagnosed with high blood pressure.
Here are some things you can do:
Visit your healthcare provider: Have your blood pressure checked at least once a year – more often if you have a history of high blood pressure, have heart disease, have diabetes, or are overweight.
Get involved: If you have high blood pressure, it's important to work with your provider to improve your health. This may include changes in diet, exercise, and medications. Implement changes incrementally for success!
Know your family medical history: If high blood pressure runs in your family, it’s important to alert your provider and work together to ensure optimal health.
Troubleshoot side effects: Talk to your provider about any unpleasant side effects of your medications. Other options may exist.
Learn your resources: Blood pressure medications do not have to be costly. Ask your provider about programs to help you with medication expenses.
Read more about high blood pressure here or here.
You can also click here to take your “My Life Check” assessment and learn about your stroke risks, click here for a quick and easy stroke risk assessment, or call the Swedish stroke program for more information at 206-320-3200.
If you've experienced a stroke, consider attending the stroke survivor support group meeting on May 28 (last Tuesday of each month) to discuss, educate, encourage and support in a relaxed environment. This is a great opportunity to meet new friends, learn about their experiences and discover the resources they found most helpful. (Call the Swedish stroke program for more information at 206-320-3200.)