High Blood Pressure & Hypertension
According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, one in three American adults has high blood pressure or hypertension–but many of them are unaware of it. Often called “the silent killer,” hypertension has no symptoms or warning signs but can lead to heart attacks and strokes. It’s normal for blood pressure to go up and down through the day, but when your blood pressure is consistently high, it can damage everything from your arteries and heart to your kidneys
and eyes. The risk of cardiovascular disease increases progressively
the higher your blood pressure goes.
Easy to Diagnose and Treat
If you’re diagnosed with prehypertension (higher than 120/80 but under 130/89) or hypertension (higher than 140/90), you need to take immediate action to protect your health. High blood pressure can be prevented– and lowered–by following the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) eating plan, which focuses on fruits, vegetables, whole grains and other foods that are heart healthy and low in salt and sodium. Exercising between 30 and 60 minutes daily has also proven helpful in lowering blood pressure. For many, lifestyle changes in diet and exercise are enough to bring their blood pressure under control. For others, a combination of medication and lifestyle changes is required– and some people require more than one medication.
We can help.
Questions about blood pressure? If you or a family member is having health concerns, call VITAL WorkLife. We can help you evaluate your symptoms, develop better habits and suggest ways to help you get the advice you need.
Call VITAL WorkLife any time, day or night, for the support you and your family need.
EAP members: call 800.383.1908
Physician/Provider Wellness Resources members: call 877.731.3949
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About VITAL WorkLife
VITAL WorkLife, Inc.™ is a national behavioral health consulting company providing support to individuals facing life’s challenges, while also assisting organizations in improving workplace productivity. This approach of helping employees and their families, while also guiding organizations, builds healthy, sustainable behaviors. For over 30 years, we have offered industry leading proactive support programs, specialized service, training, interventions and consulting for healthcare. Visit us at VITALWorkLife.com.