Help Support Cardiovascular Wellness in Scottsdale Seniors
Know The Risk Factors For High Blood Pressure
Blood pressure control is the main goal: How to control high blood pressure in older adults
Controlling high blood pressure is an important part of healthy aging and senior caregivers should know the risk factors for high blood pressure in older adults. According to the CDC, risk factors include health conditions, your lifestyle and your family history that can increase your risk for high blood pressure. While your age and family history can’t be controlled, there are steps to take to change factors that can be controlled.
Causes for High Blood Pressure In Seniors:
- Unhealthy diet: A diet that is too high in sodium and too low in potassium puts you at risk for high blood pressure. Eating too much sodium, which is prevalent in table salt, increases blood pressure. Most of the sodium we eat comes from processed and restaurant foods. Also, a lack of potassium can increase blood pressure. Potassium is found in bananas, potatoes, beans and yogurt.
- Obesity: This is excess body fat. Obesity is linked to higher “bad” cholesterol and triglyceride levels and lower “good cholesterol levels. Obesity can also lead to heart disease and diabetes.
- Too much alcohol: Women should have no more than 1 drink a day, while men should have no more than 2 drinks a day.
- Tobacco Use: Cigarette smoking can damage the heart and blood vessels. Also, nicotine raises blood pressure, and carbon monoxide reduces the amount of oxygen that your blood can carry.
- Physical Inactivity
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