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professional for counseling.
9. Monitor your
blood pressure at
home and make
regular doctor’s
If you have high blood pressure, you
may need to monitor your blood pressure
at home. Learning to self-monitor your
blood pressure with an upper arm
monitor can help motivate you. Talk
to your doctor about home monitoring
before getting started.
Regular visits to your doctor are also
likely to become a part of your normal
routine. These visits will help keep tabs
on your blood pressure.
Have a primary care doctor.
People who don’t have a primary
care doctor fnd it harder to control
their blood pressure. If you can,
visit the same health care facility or
professional for all of your health care
Visit your doctor regularly.
If your
blood pressure isn’t well controlled, or
if you have other medical problems,
you might need to visit your doctor
every month to review your treatment
and make adjustments. If your blood
pressure is under control, you might
need to visit your doctor only every
six to 12 months, depending on other
conditions you might have.
10. Get support
from family and
Supportive family and friends can
help improve your health. They may
encourage you to take care of yourself,
drive you to the doctor’s offce or embark
on an exercise program with you to keep
your blood pressure low. Talk to your
family and friends about the dangers of
high blood pressure.
regularly drink. If your blood pressure
increases by fve to 10 points, you may
be sensitive to the blood pressure raising
effects of caffeine.
Regardless of your sensitivity to
caffeine’s effects, doctors recommend
you drink no more than 200 milligrams
a day - about the amount in two cups of
8. Reduce your
Stress or anxiety can temporarily
increase blood pressure. Take some time
to think about what causes you to feel
stressed, such as work, family, fnances
or illness. Once you know what’s
causing your stress, consider how you
can eliminate or reduce stress.
If you can’t eliminate all of your
stressors, you can at least cope with
them in a healthier way. Take breaks
for deep-breathing exercises. Get a
massage or take up yoga or meditation.
If self-help doesn’t work, seek out a
If you fnd
you need
family and
joining a
This may
put you in
touch with
who can
you an
or morale
and who
can offer
tips to
with your
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