The daily grind is stressful. To counter stress and help lower high blood pressure, consider an end-of-summer staycation. Get away to the zoo and spend the day mimicking the monkeys. Or head to the beach and build sand castles. Even a weekday matinee can provide a much-needed escape.
“Stress busters can help lower blood pressure,” said Mark Adelman, MD, a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery®. “High blood pressure is one of the major risk factors for stroke. Other risk factors are high cholesterol, obesity, and smoking.”
Known as the “silent killer,” Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in America according to the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2010 National Vital Statistics Report. More than 137,000 Americans died of stroke in 2010.
“Every 40 seconds, an American suffers a stroke,” said Dr. Adelman. “Most strokes occur suddenly and without warning. Eighty percent of strokes are preventable through risk factor management.”
The management of lifestyle risk factors include:
• A low-salt, low-saturated fat diet with high fiber, calcium, and magnesium. Include plenty of fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy products.
• Exercise for a healthy workout and encouragement of good blood flow.
• Weight loss if overweight. Even a small weight reduction can make a difference.
• Not smoking or consuming alcohol in excess.
Every year, 795,000 Americans suffer a new or recurrent stroke. For vascular health information, visit: VascularWeb.org.
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About the Society for Vascular Surgery®
The Society for Vascular Surgery® (SVS) is a not-for-profit professional medical society, composed primarily of vascular surgeons, that seeks to advance excellence and innovation in vascular health through education, advocacy, research, and public awareness. SVS is the national advocate for 3,683 specialty-trained vascular surgeons and other medical professionals who are dedicated to the prevention and cure of vascular disease. Visit its Web site at VascularWeb.org®. Follow SVS on Twitter and Facebook.