Hypertension is sometimes regarded as the silent killer because symptoms may not be immediately apparent. It can also increase the risk of many other health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, strokes, and cancers. Luckily, there are many Healthcare services and activities that can help seniors reduce their risk of hypertension at home. A few notable examples include:
- Exercising Regularly
Physical activity can lower blood pressure by supporting a strong and healthy heart. The stronger one’s heart is, the more blood it can pump with less effort, reducing the load on its arteries.
- Cut Back on Salt
Too much sodium intake causes the body to hold onto more water. The extra water in the blood exerts extra blood pressure on blood vessel walls, increasing the risk of high blood pressure.
- Get Lots of High-Quality Sleep at Night
Poor sleep and insomnia can be linked to an increased risk of hypertension. The lack of high-quality sleep leads to higher stress levels and discourages physical activity, which can cause a spike in blood in overall blood pressure levels.
- Drink Less Alcohol and Avoid Smoking
Alcohol can cause the blood vessels in the body to constrict, making it harder for the heart to pump blood efficiently throughout the body. The same is true with smoking.
Our Nursing Service in Texas can help your elderly loved ones at home reduce their risk of hypertension, diabetes, and more through disease process teaching & management services.