In our last few cardiologist blogs, we’ve discussed some strategies to employ in order to lower your blood pressure and bolster your health. We’ve discussed heart healthy exercises that you can try, and great food that you can enjoy. Today, we’re continuing that theme with a few further tactics that you can employ to ensure that your blood pressure stays at a healthy level. If you suffer from high blood pressure (or hypertension), these tips are for you!

Quit Snoring

If you’re snoring when you’re snoozing, your blood pressure may be suffering. Studies show that snoring, and consequently sleep apnea, can cause the release of aldosterone, a hormone which can cause blood pressure to rise. Seek help from a doctor to assess the snoring, the severity of the problem, and possible solutions. About 50 percent of those who suffer from sleep apnea also have high blood pressure.

Quit Smoking

If there weren’t enough reasons to kick the habit, take note that smoking can increase your blood pressure. On top of that, your heart rate rises, your arteries harden, and your blood is more prone to clot. Smoking is downright dangerous, and it wreaks havoc on your health. Just quit.

Take a Break

Overworking can cause stress, which raises blood pressure. On top of that, if you’re spending too much time in the office, you may be neglecting your health. Be sure to set time aside to cook healthy meals and exercise. Junk food, fast food, and food “products” often contain ingredients that can raise your blood pressure (e.g. salt).

Breathe Deeply

Stress can spike your blood pressure levels. Fortunately, deep breathing can do the opposite. If you find that you’re stressed throughout the day, take a moment to pull in a few deep breaths. Deep breathing can reduce the production of stress hormones which would otherwise amplify your blood pressure. While it doesn’t matter how you choose to practice deep breathing, you can try meditation, yoga, tai chi, and other practices.

Attain a Healthy Weight

If you are overweight, you may be at risk for hypertension. Men with a waistline measuring more than 40 inches and women with a waistline greater than 35 inches often have high blood pressure. Speak to your doctor to formulate an exercise routine and diet to aid in reducing weight, as well as your blood pressure.

OK, here’s our best tip of all: Visit your cardiologist! A trip to the heart doctor might just be the best thing for your ticker, and it’ll certainly put you on the path to better health. Your cardiologist can accurately analyze your blood pressure and the sources of your hypertension. And, of course, your doctor can work with you to develop a plan of action to reduce your blood pressure. If you live here in the San Joaquin valley and foothills, feel free to take a visit to one of our cardiology offices. Ready to get healthy? Get in touch with us to schedule an appointment!