So it is the new year and maybe you have made a promise to live healthier.
Let's begin by talking about your blood pressure. Do you know your numbers? Do you know what they mean? Blood pressure tells us how well our heart is working and how well our arteries and veins are working.
If you don't know your numbers there is an easy way to find out. Most drugstores (CVS, Walmart) have automatic machines that will measure your blood pressure.
Simply follow the instructions, and you will now know your blood pressure. If the numbers are above 140/90, you should consult your healthcare provider as you might have Hypertension, commonly known as high blood pressure. Take your blood pressure a few times on different days.
Hypertension can cause heart attack and stroke if not well controlled. Smoking, lack of exercise and obesity can all contribute to a high blood pressure. So check it out, before it checks you out.