Happy 4th of July!

May the second half of this year find you well.  Remember, exercise in moderation, get your sleep, and eat meals that are nutritional.  Smile a lot, and take care!

Tom Foster
Blue Ridge Health Clinic

What Are The Blood Pressure Ranges?

In talking about your heart health, blood pressure ranges can determine how you intervene in high blood pressure, or if you even have a need to intervene. Let’s take a look at the guidelines for hypertension and healthy blood pressure.

On average normal, textbook blood pressure is considered 120/80. You may have blood pressure at or near this measurement and be considered to have healthy blood pressure. Below this may be okay, but if it gets too low there can be dangers.

However, low blood pressure is less of a concern for the overall population because more people suffer from hypertension and is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. But there are different levels of high blood pressure. Continue reading “What Are The Blood Pressure Ranges?” »

Maintaining a Healthy Blood Pressure & Keeping it Healthy!

It’s critical for your heart health that you work on achieving and maintaining  a healthy blood pressure.  The best time to work on this is before you even develop high blood pressure, but if you’ve already been diagnosed, it’s not too late to start.

First, avoid tobacco products.  If you’ve never smoked, don’t start. And if you’re a smoker, or you use smokeless tobacco there’s no time like the present to stop.  This is one habit that can cause you to have high blood pressure and many other health problems.

Make sure that you get regular exercise.  It’s recommended that you get thirty minutes to an hour of exercise daily.  This doesn’t mean you have to join a gym.  Even taking a daily walk can do amazing things for your heart health. Continue reading “Maintaining a Healthy Blood Pressure & Keeping it Healthy!” »