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Hypertension Prevention

HYPERTENSION IS SERIOUS

Let’s eliminate risk and catch hypertension early
Hypertension (or high blood pressure), is defined as consistent reading of 130/80 or greater and is often referred to as the “silent killer” because you don’t always feel your blood pressure rise.
Hypertension can lead to:

Signs and Symptoms

Hypertension doesn’t always have symptoms. Although, some symptoms may include:
  • Severe Headache
  • Nose Bleeds
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Severe anxiety

Check Your Pressure

You can check your pressure at any time, but a calm state is better for a clearer reading.

If you want to keep track of blood pressure readings, take your readings each day at the same time such as mornings or evenings. And take multiple recordings each time you measure, one minute apart, and record the result in your log.

Be still- dont smoke, drink caffeinated beverages, or exercise within 30 minutes before measuring your blood pressure.
When taking your blood pressure sit correctly:
  • sit with your back straight and supported
  • Feet should be flat on the floor, legs should not be crossed
  • Your arm should be supported, with bicep at heart level
You can get free blood pressure readings at:
  • TriCounty Health Department (Roosevelt and Vernal)
  • Mountainland Family Clinic
  • Vernal Urgent Care
  • Stewarts
  • Walmart
  • Both Davis Food and Drug (Roosevelt and Vernal)
  • Uintah County Library (onsite and check-out option)

Blood pressure of 180/120 or higher, consult a doctor immediately

PREVENTION TIPS

Be physically active: The American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes of aerobic activity, 5 days a week, AND Muscle strengthening activity at least 2 days a week. (Can’t make it to the time goal? That’s okay! SOMETHING is better than NOTHING)

Eat a well-balanced diet: healthy food choices and good nutrition can lower blood pressure. Avoid foods high in sodium, saturated and trans fat and sugar. 

Manage stress, take medications properly, limit alcohol and quit tobacco

     
RISK FACTORS
Risk factors can include family history, age, gender, overweight/obesity, alcohol use, sleep apnea, high cholesterol, diabetes, stress, lack of physical activity, tobacco use and other preexisting medical conditions.
                                                       
   
 
SMOKING
Smoking causes an increase in blood pressure, and is the most common cause, of avoidable cardiovascular mortality worldwide.To reduce your risk for a cardiovascular event, you should avoid all forms of tobacco, as well as second-hand smoke.
If you smoke, consider ways to quit

Smoking causes an increase in blood pressure, and secondhand smoke causes the same effects as active smoking. Quitting tobacco use is one of the best things a smoker can do for their health. Smoking puts you at risk for hypertension and many other illnesses. Visit www.waytoquit.org for help.

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Vernal (435) 247-1177

133 South 500 East, Vernal, UT, 84078

Environmental Health Hours:

Monday – Thursday 7:30-5:30

Fri 8-5

Environmental Health office is closed noon-1 pm

WIC HOURS:

MON-7:30-4

TUES-THURS 7:30-5:30

Fri 8-5

Roosevelt office closed noon-1pm

Roosevelt (435) 722-6300

409 South 200 east, roosevelt, ut, 84066