Posted By: Envision2bWell
For the second year in a row, Envision2bWell is happy to partner with the Office on Women’s Health (OWH) for National Women’s Blood Pressure Awareness Week (NWBPAW). High blood pressure is a serious health risk that is often referred to as the ‘silent killer’ because most people don’t have any symptoms until the condition is severe. The only way to know if your blood pressure is high is to get it checked regularly. That’s why awareness weeks like these are so important.
Also known as hypertension, high blood pressure occurs when the pressure or force of the blood flowing through your arteries is higher than normal. When blood pressure is consistently high, you are at a greater risk of arterial damage and other complications associated with hypertension.
High blood pressure is detrimental to your health in many ways and can cause serious damage to vital organs such as your heart, brain, kidneys and eyes. For instance, high blood pressure can damage your arteries by reducing their elasticity which can lead to heart disease. High blood pressure can also cause the arteries that lead to the brain to become blocked or burst. High blood pressure is also associated with kidney disease.
A healthy lifestyle is the best way to prevent and lower high blood pressure. Here is what the OWH recommends:
- Exercise for at least 30 minutes/day, 5 days a week – 150 minutes total.
- Don’t smoke.
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Limit salt intake.
- Limit or stop alcohol consumption.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Stress management.
- Take blood pressure medicine as prescribed.
Research shows that pre-pregnancy high blood pressure rates nearly doubled in the United States between 2007 and 2018. This puts more women at risk for pregnancy-related high blood pressure known as preeclampsia. Preeclampsia can harm the mother’s kidneys and other organs. It can also cause pre-term childbirth and low birth weights. It’s more important than ever that women of all ages stay on top of their blood pressure by regularly tracking it.
The theme of NWBPAW 2021 is Healthy Pressure, Healthy You, to highlight the connection between blood pressure and a woman’s overall health and wellbeing. This year the focus is on encouraging women to self-monitor their blood pressure at home. This empowers women to take control of their health, as well as measure their progress when they start making healthier choices to help lower their blood pressure.
At Envision2bWell, we strongly encourage women (and men) to self-monitor their blood pressure. To make it easier, our mobile platform, EnvisionWell, syncs with over 400 devices, including home blood pressure monitors! It’s easy to link any of these devices in EnvisionWell’s proprietary My Personal Body Blueprint (MPBB) feature. This information is HIPAA protected and can easily be shared with your healthcare provider.
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