How to Avoid High Blood Pressure Levels

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Filed Under: Heart Health, Blood Pressure
Last Reviewed 03/28/2014

As I mentioned in my last blog post, having high blood pressure levels often has no symptoms, which is why it’s referred to as the silent killer. The most important thing you can do to keep yourself out of the “danger zone” is to test your blood pressure levels regularly. 

How to Avoid High Blood Pressure Levels

High blood pressure levels means you have a systolic blood pressure of 140 mmHg or greater, and/or a diastolic pressure of 90 mmHg or greater. Systolic is the pressure when your heart contracts and diastolic is the pressure between heartbeats when your heart relaxes. 

Healthy blood pressure levels are considered to be 120 over 80, or lower. 

If you have a strong family history of high blood pressure levels, like I do, I recommend getting a blood pressure monitor you can use at home. Not only does it let you test your blood pressure levels more frequently—it helps you avoid something called “white coat syndrome.” That’s when your blood pressure spikes in the doctor’s office due to the anxiety of the situation, giving you an artificially high reading.

If you have high blood pressure levels, or borderline high, there’s no reason to think that pharmaceuticals are your only option. Tomorrow, I’ll give you six natural blood pressure remedies that can help.

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