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The Silent Killer: High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is often referred to as the "silent killer" because it usually has no symptoms. Therefore, it is important to have your blood pressure checked regularly. Blood pressure should normally be less than 120/80 mm Hg for an adult. High blood pressure adds to the workload of your heart and arteries, and can increase your risk of stroke, heart disease, heart failure, and kidney disease.
Here are some healthful tips to keep your blood pressure optimal:
- Exercise regularly
- Maintain a healthy body weight
- Eat a healthy diet low in sodium, and rich in vegetables, fruits, lean meats, low-fat dairy products and whole grains
- Limit your alcohol intake
- Practice positive coping strategies for stress through exercise, humor, meditation, etc.
GVSU Fitness & Wellness Center
(in the lower level of the Rec Center)
FREE blood pressure screenings available
Page last modified September 14, 2010