Did you know that one in three adults living in the United States have high blood pressure? If you are one of them, you don’t have to be.

Our team at AFC Urgent Care Hixson wants to share some tips on how to prevent high blood pressure, as well as how to lower it if you’re diagnosed.

Who Is at Risk for High Blood Pressure?

While older males are most likely to develop high blood pressure, anyone can be diagnosed, both adults and children. In fact, according to a recent study, approximately 3.5% of all children and teens living in the United States have high blood pressure.

High Blood Pressure Risk Factors

  • Adrenal and thyroid disorders
  • Advanced age
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Family history of hypertension
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Sleep apnea
  • Smoking
  • Stress
  • Too much salt in diet

Can High Blood Pressure Be Prevented?

While there are some risk factors like age and family history that cannot be changed, there are ways you can prevent high blood pressure. You can make healthier lifestyle habits that will help lower your risk or even lower your blood pressure.

High Blood Pressure Prevention

  • Cut back on caffeine.
  • Drink alcohol only in moderation.
  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Exercise on a regular basis.
  • Get enough quality sleep.
  • Lower stress.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Reduce sodium intake.

When was the last time you had your blood pressure checked? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Hixson for a blood pressure check today without the wait.