How to keep your blood pressure levels below the new “highs”
(Video courtesy of Jersey Shore University Medical Center)
We reported this week about the new blood pressure guidelines with new "high" levels. A shore doctor explains how you can live health and keep your numbers down.
Dr. Brett Sealove, a cardiologist at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune and Monmouth Cardiology Associates in Eatontown says the most important thing you can do to lower your blood pressure is to get plenty of exercise.
"The American Heart Association guidelines are about 150-minutes of moderate exercise per week," Sealove said. "There are some variations to those...about 90 to 150-minutes."
He says you also need a well balanced diet.
"Things for a healthy diet such as "The DASH Diet" which is just what your mom and day told you, healthy fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low in saturated or total fat," Sealove said.
Men should keep daily alcohol consumption under 2 drinks, he says, for women, no more than one.
High blood pressure can be the result of a number of different factors.
Sealove re-stresses the importance consuming a healthy diet will help keep the numbers down but cautions you not to forget getting plenty of exercise.
"The low sodium diet, a potassium rich diet, low in alcohol if you can...fruits, vegetables, good quality fats if you're going to eat some fat but it is absolutely in conjunction with activity," Sealove said.
There's a number of factors that go into shedding pounds, he adds, but losing a couple over the course of a month is very obtainable.
There are certain types of exercise, he says, you should incorporate in before anything else.
"Dynamic resistance, isometric exercises which include hand-grips or weight lifting are absolutely fine but it has to be a balance between aerobic and resistance," Sealove said.
He says aerobics are often preferred to help raise the heart rate and includes activities like swimming, cycling, walking or jogging.
Sealove also says diet pills may work but just maintaining a healthy diet and getting plenty of exercise are better options.
"If we could really tweak and optimize one's lifestyle...I've seen many, many people go from two-pills to one-pill or two-pills to one-pill and the subsequently to zero pills," Sealove said.
He says the first step toward to healthier living is having a lifestyle intervention with yourself and primary care physician.
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