What is hypertension?

Hypertension is a term used to describe high blood pressure.  “Normal” blood pressure is defined as systolic and diastolic pressure less than 120 and 80, respectively. Pre-hypertension is the range of blood pressure above normal, but still not high enough to be considered Hypertension Stage 1

What causes hypertension?

Hypertension can be caused by endocrine disease, renal disease, pregnancy, and certain medications.  The causes of hypertension are not actually known in approximately 95% of cases out there.  It’s called “essential” or “idiopathic” hypertension when the reasoning for the high blood pressure isn’t known.

There are some ways to help control blood pressure with simple lifestyle modifications:

  • Eat a clean diet – lots of fruits and vegetables and a low sodium diet
  • Avoid tobacco smoke
  • Take the proper medications
  • Limit use of alcohol
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Exercise regularly
  • Learn how to manage stress

Stay healthy in Andover! 

Andover is a borough in Sussex County with a lot of options to keep you moving and staying heart healthy.  There are many outdoor activities in the warmer months to take part in. Kittatinny Valley State Park offers a beautiful landscape for walking, jogging, mountain biking, and horseback riding.  For water activities, enjoy canoeing & kayaking on the lake.  In the cooler months, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.  Shop healthy, organic groceries at Greenlife Market or grab one of their plant-packed juices or smoothies.  Check out fitness studios or gyms such as Real Time Fitness or Warrior’s Path Crossfit.

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