Do You Have High Blood Pressure?

November 17, 2015

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Do You Have High Blood Pressure?
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It’s never too early to take steps to prevent heart disease!              

“Uncontrolled high blood pressure is a leading cause of heart disease and stroke. People with high blood pressure are 4 times more likely to die from a stroke and 3 times more likely to die from heart disease, compared to those with normal blood pressure.”

High blood pressure presents no symptoms or warning signs! So, that’s why you need to be informed on your number. You can get your blood pressure checked for free at most drugstores. High blood pressure not only has a negative long-term impact on your health, but it is taking unnecessary money out of your wallet to pay for prescription medication. Did you know that you could get a health screening at Health Services? Being aware of your weight, total cholesterol levels, and blood pressure could help you take charge of your health.

Life style changes can decrease your risk of developing Heart disease. This starts with a healthy diet and regular exercise. Here on campus, you can always get a heart healthy meal at any UNH dining spot. Also, you can fit in a workout into your daily routine at the Hamel Rec Center. These are much better options than taking a pill everyday or having a chronic Heart disease, which leads to unnecessary medicals bills when you could use these preventive habits to protect your heart.

Risk Factors of High Blood Pressure

  1. Smoking
  2. Being overweight or obese
  3. Lack of Physical exercise
  4. Too much salt in the diet
  5. Too much alcohol consumption
  6. Stress
  7. Older age
  8. Genetics
  9. Family History 
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