High Blood Pressure (Hypertension): Symptoms and more

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June 24, 2024

When you first hear that you have high blood pressure, it can be a bit overwhelming. But don’t worry, we’re here to help you understand the basics and show you how to keep yourself healthy with this new diagnosis. If you need extra help, we’re here for you. Simply self enroll for medication support, you can also call us at (410) 348-1905 or send us an email.

What Causes High Blood Pressure? 🤔💡

There isn’t a single cause of high blood pressure, but several factors can make it more likely:

  • Age: Men over 55 and women over 65 are at higher risk.
  • Family History: If your relatives have had high blood pressure, heart disease, or strokes, you might be more likely to develop high blood pressure.
  • Obesity: Carrying extra weight can increase your risk.
  • Lack of Exercise: Not getting enough physical activity can contribute to high blood pressure.
  • Alcohol Consumption: Drinking too much alcohol can raise your blood pressure.
  • Tobacco Use: Using tobacco products is a risk factor.
  • Unhealthy Diet: Eating too much salt (sodium) and not enough potassium can increase your risk.

How Do I Know If My Blood Pressure Is High? 📈🔍

High blood pressure often has no symptoms, which is why it’s called “the silent killer.” The only way to know if you have it is to check your blood pressure regularly. You can do this at home with a blood pressure monitor or at your provider’s office.

Why Is High Blood Pressure Dangerous? 🚨❤️

High blood pressure can cause serious health problems without showing any warning signs. It can damage your heart and blood vessels, leading to issues like kidney and vision damage, heart attacks, and strokes. That’s why it’s crucial to manage it effectively.

How Can I Control High Blood Pressure? 🏋️🥗🚭

Lifestyle Changes:

1. Exercise: Get moving! Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise most days of the week. Check here for recommended exercise guidelines.

2. Healthy Diet: Eat more heart-healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. Reduce your salt (sodium) intake.

3. Quit Smoking: Stopping tobacco use can significantly lower your blood pressure.

4. Reduce Alcohol Intake: Drink less alcohol.


Take any blood pressure medications exactly as prescribed by your provider. This can make a huge difference in keeping your blood pressure under control.

1. Where Can I Learn More About High Blood Pressure? 🌐📚

2. Online Resources: The American Heart Association has many helpful tips. Visit here for more information.

3. Talk to Your Provider: They can provide information tailored to your situation and suggest local resources.

4. Scene Nurse: Reach out to your Scene nurse with any questions and for help understanding how to manage your life with this diagnosis.

You Are Key to Your Health  💪‍

You are the most important player in managing your health. By asking the right questions, keeping track of your feelings as you start a new medication, and taking your medications as prescribed, you’re setting yourself up for better health. Starting a new medication can feel overwhelming, but remember, you’re not alone. Your healthcare team and Scene nurse are here to guide you every step of the way. So, don’t hesitate to reach out – together, we’ve got this!

The content on this site is not and should not be considered medical advice or a substitute for individual medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should always talk to your health care provider(s) for diagnosis and treatment, including information regarding which drugs, therapy, or other treatment may be appropriate for you. Learn more here.

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