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Blood Pressure Can Be Your Silent Friend or Foe

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Can you feel your blood pressure? Usually not without a medical device that wraps around your arm. That’s the good news – it just works. But if your arteries are narrowed by waxy buildup called plaque, blood pressure must rise to push blood through the narrowed vessels. Sustained high blood pressure is dangerous to your health and if not controlled, can lead to a heart attack or stroke. Unfortunately, high blood pressure is common in adults, often a product of our less than healthy diets, sedentary lifestyles, and high doses of stress.
 
At Hackensack University Medical Group, our healthcare providers want to help you get your blood pressure under control. It’s one of the essential measures of good health. We’ll make recommendations for lifestyle changes such as improving your diet or starting an exercise plan. We might prescribe medications to help get your numbers down. 
 
We expect you to be a responsible patient by following advice for diet and exercise. Take action to lower your stress levels with yoga, meditation, or even relaxing with a good book. Do whatever makes you feel calm. And, if we prescribe medication for you, please take it as directed so it will be effective.       
 
When was the last time you had your blood pressure checked? Find a HackensackUMG provider near you: 855.385.HEAL (4325).
 
 
 

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