10 Tips to Manage High Blood Pressure
May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month. Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it raises awareness about high blood pressure (also known as hypertension) and the impact it has on our health. Now more than before is an apt time to remind us to better manage our blood pressure.
Why Lower Blood Pressure?
- Studies have shown that treating high blood pressure reduces dementia risks by 12 percent and Alzheimer’s disease by 16 percent.
- The CDC reports that older people with coronary heart disease or high blood pressure may be at an increased risk for severe complications if they get the coronavirus.
- Hypertension also increases the risk for heart disease and stroke, the first and third leading causes of death in the United States.
However, while we know controlling hypertension is better for our wellbeing, our lifestyle factors may have changed due to the current environment. As the pandemic continues, circumstances we are in may cause stress levels to increase due to new anxieties and fears. And as many continue shelter-in-place and work from home, we may eat more frequently or consume more processed foods. All these can contribute to hypertension.
Let National High Blood Pressure Education Month remind us to reset our lifestyle. Not only do healthy lifestyle changes help lower hypertension but studies have shown that about a third of dementia cases globally can be prevented as well.
What’s Your Blood Pressure?
Ten Tips to Manage High Blood Pressure
Assess and Monitor Cognitive Health
Just as you monitor your blood pressure (and other vital signs like temperature, pulse, and breathing rate) and should ask your physician about it at your annual check-up, it is also important to ask them to regularly monitor what we believe should be the fifth vital sign – your cognitive health.
As you make lifestyle changes to lower your blood pressure, these changes also impact your cognitive health.
Like a blood pressure cuff for the brain, the Savonix Mobile app assesses and monitors your brain health over time. Use our app to test early and often for detection of dementia symptoms usually not recognized until they have reached more advanced stages.
Why Use the Savonix Mobile App?
- Accurate and detects cognitive impairment up to 84 percent greater than traditional pen and paper tests.
- Tests more than 12 cognitive domains such as attention, memory, and focus
- Available in English, Japanese, and Chinese, with Spanish coming soon
- You’ll receive a summary report of your brain health, which you can share with your physician should you have any concerns.
Our cognitive tests are also easy to use and can be taken safely in the comfort of your home at any time on any of your mobile devices.
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