When blood pressure reaches unhealthy levels it is known as hypertension, and if it remains uncontrolled it could lead to dangerous complications, kidney damage being one of the most serious. But there is a lot you can do to manage the condition and your West Monroe and Winnsboro, LA, cardiologist can do a lot to help. So contact Dr. Virginia Gonzalez of the Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center to learn more.
Lifestyle changes are key to successfully managing your high blood pressure. A food diary can be useful, more so early on as you try to get a sense of what you're eating, when, and why. Eating healthy can be very effective, limiting your intake of sugary foods and drinks, sodium, red meat, and alcohol. Quitting smoking can also help.
Healthy eating coupled with a healthy body can do a lot to manage hypertension. Remaining consistent once you start will allow you to keep blood levels from rising again in the future. Exercise has the added effect of helping limit stress, which can increase your blood pressure. To further help reduce stress, you should do your best to avoid situations that may trigger it.
Exercise and diet alone can do a lot to help manage your hypertension, but typically it may not be enough. Your cardiologist will usually prescribe medication that will work in conjunction with lifestyle changes to keep your blood pressure at healthy levels. There are different types of medications and each plays a different role, so depending on your own condition you may be prescribed a combination of these.
High Blood Pressure Treatment in West Monroe and Winnsboro, LA
Visiting your doctor regularly is important to monitor your blood pressure levels, and you can speak with your doctor to find out if monitoring at home is a good option. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Gonzalez of the Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center in West Monroe and Winnsboro, LA, dial (318) 338-3540.