Hypertension is just another name for high blood pressure, which is when the force of blood flow is too strong against the artery walls. More than 3 million cases of high blood pressure are diagnosed every year.

Fortunately, if you’re one of those living with high blood pressure, there are ways to lower your blood pressure. And if you don’t yet have high blood pressure, there are steps you can take to prevent it. Our team at AFC Urgent Care Sevierville wants to share some insight.

Who Gets High Blood Pressure?

High blood pressure can affect anyone. Although most cases of high blood pressure are found in older males, blood pressure can occur in women and even children.

Risk Factors for Hypertension

  • Advanced age
  • Family history of the condition
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Physical inactivity
  • Smoking
  • High salt intake
  • Excess stress
  • Diabetes

What If I Get Diagnosed With High Blood Pressure?

If your physician has diagnosed you with high blood pressure, it means you have had three or more consecutive readings with a blood pressure reading of 14090 mmHg or higher. Fortunately, there are steps you can to lower your blood pressure.

Lowering Blood Pressure

  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Get plenty of quality sleep.
  • Lower sodium intake.
  • Exercise on a regular basis.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Manage stress.
  • Stop smoking.

When was the last time you had your blood pressure checked? Visit AFC Urgent Care Sevierville for a blood pressure check without the wait!