Take time for your heart
Knowing your blood pressure can change your life. So why not start today?
High blood pressure is a common condition in which the force of your blood against your artery walls is too high. Untreated, it can lead to heart attacks, strokes or kidney damage. And because high blood pressure usually shows no symptoms, 1 out of 2 people living with hypertension are completely unaware of their condition1. The only way to know if you’re at risk, is to know your numbers.
It’s a good time to start taking care of your heart
May marks May Measurement Month, the largest global public blood pressure screening exercise ever. In the last two years, volunteers across 85 countries have taken blood pressure readings from 2.7 million people, identifying over ½ million people with uncontrolled hypertension. Proud to support May Measurement Month, OMRON Healthcare has donated 20,000 clinically validated blood pressure monitors to keep this campaign going and help raise global awareness of high blood pressure.
One measurement can make the difference
OMRON’s new range of blood pressure monitors make it easy to stay on top of your numbers. And with the OMRON connect app, you can track all your readings and store them in one place, getting access to your numbers anytime, anywhere. Combine monitoring with small changes in your daily routine, and achieve your health goals.
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Get to know your numbers
Designed to fit your lifestyle, OMRON’s new range of blood pressure monitors make it easy to stay on top of your numbers. Combined with small changes in your daily routine, regular monitoring can help you achieve your health goals. It’s also a valuable way of helping your doctor to assess whether your treatment is working.
What is high blood pressure
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, puts a strain on your heart and blood vessels and makes you more prone to heart attacks and strokes.
High blood pressure is generally considered to be anything above 140/90 mmHg, when measured at the doctor’s office. If you measure it in the comfort of your own home, where you’re likely to be more relaxed, the limit is slightly lower at 135/85 mmHg.
If your blood pressure is between 120/80 and 140/90 mmHg, you may be at risk of developing hypertension at some stage in the future unless you take action in agreement with your doctor to bring it under control.
A systolic blood pressure reading over 179 mmHg or a diastolic over 109 mmHg are considered to be a hypertensive crisis2, and it requires immediate treatment.
Can it affect me?
The truth is, almost anyone can suffer from hypertension. Although there are those who are at higher risk of being inflicted, including the obese, elderly, diabetic and pregnant, as well as heavy smokers and individuals under a great deal of stress, the bottom line is you don’t need to fall into any of these specific demographics to suffer from hypertension. It can affect virtually anyone.
Unfortunately, and despite being so easy to diagnose, the adverse death toll on hypertension is way too high. 10 million lives are needlessly lost every year due to high blood pressure, according to the International Society of Hypertension.
One of the problems with high blood pressure is that it often has no symptoms: it’s a silent disease, not something you can feel when you wake up in the morning. And because 1 out of 2 people with this condition remain blissfully unaware of it, regular monitoring is of the utmost importance: it’s the only way to know if you’re at risk.
Keep calm and eat well
Your lifestyle also impacts your blood pressure number and hence, the health of your heart. Monitoring is half of the picture. Whether your values are higher than normal or you just want to maximize your chances of living longer and healthier, you need to keep a healthy lifestyle.
One of the first steps to make a lifestyle change is related to eating habits. We are all aware that eating better has the ability to improve the status of our health. The key tips to aid a healthy heart are to:
- Reduce your salt intake to 5-6 g per day. It is proven that reducing salt intake to this level a day is equally as effective as single drug therapy.
- Moderate your alcohol consumption. All adults, men and women should consume no more than 14 units of alcohol a week so it is a key target to hit this intake and not exceed. This is equivalent to 6 175ml glasses of wine, 6 pints (approximately half a liter) of normal-strength beer or 5 pints of cider.
- Increase consumption of vegetables, fruits and low-fat diary products.
It’s a good day to have a great workout
It’s often said that “good things come to those who sweat”. Well, to enjoy the glow of good health, you must exercise. That doesn’t necessarily mean spending excessive time in the gym every day: it could just involve pruning the garden hedge, walking the dog, or riding your bike a couple of miles. It is recommended to carry out at least 30 minutes of moderate dynamic exercise 5 to 7 days per week, so upping those steps is a positive way forward!
Losing weight and avoiding stressful situations are also important tips to keep your blood pressure under control.
At OMRON, we are committed to helping you reach your goals beyond measurement. Equip yourself with the facts you need to know to maintain a healthy lifestyle and keep your blood pressure under control.
1 Retrieved from maymeasure.com – International Society of Hypertension.
2 G. Pepe, S. Contri, M. Castelli, A. Pavellini, P. Nazerian, P. Ticali, S. Vanni, S. Grifoni. Hypertensive Crises in the Emergency department: true story or chasing the white rabbit? Prevalence and clinical picture in patients with severe elevations of arterial blood pressure. European Heart Journal, Volume 34, Issue suppl_1, 1 August 2013, P1435, https://doi.org/10.1093/eurheartj/eht308.P1435