What is hypertension?

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a serious condition that can lead to coronary heart disease, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure, and other health problems. When hypertension is prevented or controlled, your risk for these other health problems is decreased.

According to the American Heart Association, nearly half of American adults have high blood pressure, and many don’t even know they have it.

Risk factors include:

  • Family history of high blood pressure
  • Advanced age
  • Smoking/exposure to secondhand smoke
  • Diabetes
  • Obese or overweight
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Excessive levels of salt
  • Excessive intake of alcohol
  • Physical inactivity

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How does home health help patients with hypertension?

For patients living with hypertension and high blood pressure, home health provides care and support – all in the comfort of home. Using an integrated team approach, along with our unique tools and decades of combined experience, we teach patients the skills they need to self-manage and identify red flags that may cause their condition or symptoms to worsen.

A poor diet that is high in calories, fats and sugars and low in essential nutrients can contribute directly to poor health and obesity. We provide instruction on good nutrition and on the importance of a healthy diet.

Lack of physical activity increases the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. Our clinicians and therapists develop individualized treatment plans – in cooperation with the patient and physician – and provide teaching on the disease process.

Treating high blood pressure requires time, patience and care by both you and your doctor. Home health helps patients minimize symptoms through medication management and lifestyle changes.

Talking with your health care professional is the first step to improving your blood pressure. Use this quiz to help you start the conversation.

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Choosing a home health provider is the next step.

If it sounds like home health could help with your hypertension, locate a provider near you today.