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Young Adults-Pay Attention to Hypertension

Living by the phrase “out of sight, out of mind” has become the norm for young adults. Allowing silent killers such as hypertension, or high blood pressure, to slip through the cracks undetected, but at what cost? Learn more in our blog about why healthy young adults should pay attention to hypertension because in an instant gratification world, nothing is more gratifying than your health!

Hashtag Hypertension 

TikTok trends aren’t the only thing on the rise. High blood pressure in younger patients has been increasing, with nearly a quarter of hypertension patients between 18-39 years old. High blood pressure in young adults can result in artery stiffening when left untreated—increasing the likelihood of stroke and brain and kidney damage.

When you’re young and feeling healthy, it’s easy to feel invincible. Why check if something is wrong if nothing feels wrong? However, the stealthy sneak tactics of high blood pressure can lead to severe issues later in life. Knowing blood pressure numbers and routine checks can help prevent long-term complications that become more difficult to fight with age.  

Preventing High Blood Pressure – 5 Top Tips for Young Adults!

A healthy lifestyle regarding high blood pressure is invaluable; here are a few steps to minimize your risk.

1 – Avoid Smoking and Minimize Alcohol Intake

Smoking raises blood pressure and places you at higher risk for heart attack and stroke. If you’re a smoker, we advise that you speak to your healthcare professional to help you on the road to quitting. Also, minimize alcohol intake, as drinking can also elevate blood pressure. The CDC recommends no more than two alcoholic drinks daily for men and no more than 1 for women.

2 – Eat a Well-Balanced Diet

Aim to eat a diet rich in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables and low in saturated fat and cholesterol. The DASH and Mediterranean diets are excellent examples of eating habits that prove helpful when fighting hypertension.

Photo of foods included in the DASH diet.

3 – Exercise Regularly

Being physically active helps lower your risk for obesity which contributes immensely to hypertension and heart problems. Exercising regularly aids in lowering high blood pressure; aim for 10-30 minutes of physical activity daily. 

4 – Learn to Manage Stress

Chronic stress is known to contribute to high blood pressure. Utilizing stress management tools available to you can be highly beneficial. Some techniques to consider are meditation, music therapy, and exercise.

5 – Monitor Blood Pressure at Home

At-home blood pressure monitors are readily available for purchase. Keeping tabs on your blood pressure while at home is an excellent way to monitor blood pressure levels and for those taking medications to ensure treatment is proving effective.

Most young adults should pay attention to hypertension as most remain unaware that they are dealing with high blood pressure. We must strive to shift the narrative that has convinced young adults that they are exempt from blood pressure risks!

High blood pressure might be risky.

Don’t let hypertension sneak up on you this spooky season – inquire about our high blood pressure study today! Gain access to new treatments while advancing public health. Explore all Synergy Healthcare has to offer, visit our website, or give us a ring at (941) 896 – 4948 to learn more! Don’t risk your blood pressure, instead take a leap of faith with your health!

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