Have you checked your blood pressure lately?

There are many things you can do to get healthy, like eating right, exercise, and checking your blood pressure.  Did you know that high blood pressure affects one in three Americans and is the third leading cause of death in the U.S.?  It is called the “silent killer” because there may be no symptoms at all.  If you haven’t checked your blood pressure lately, May is a great time to start because it is National Blood Pressure Month.

Blood pressure is “the force exerted by the blood against the walls of the blood vessels,” according to Medical News Today.  Without this pressure forcing our blood through our circulatory system, oxygen and nutrients would not be sent through our bodies to our tissues and organs, and toxic waste products like carbon dioxide from our lungs and toxins we clear through our liver and kidneys would not be removed.  It allows our body to remain at a constant temperature and carries platelets that provide clotting in the event of an injury.  The condition of our arteries is just as important as the condition of our heart to maintain good blood pressure, but lifestyle choices can make a healthy blood pressure difficult to maintain.

One lifestyle change that can benefit your health is quitting smoking.  Smoking is not only bad for your lungs, it increases your blood pressure and makes you more likely to get heart disease.  The nicotine raises blood pressure and heart rate, narrows your arteries and thickens the walls, making it more difficult adequately pump the blood throughout your body.  And while many believe e-cigarettes are safer for smokers, nicotine in the e-cigarette liquids can also cause a significant increase in blood pressure and stiffening of the arteries.  E-cigarettes without nicotine did not produce a higher blood pressure.  If you are not a smoker, but are constantly exposed to secondhand smoke, you are absorbing nicotine and other harmful substances from the air around you.

There are many reasons to quit smoking and lowering your blood pressure is just one. Tobacco Free Florida has a quit plan that can help you quit your way and provide you with various options to quit.  Contact them by clicking HERE or by calling them at 1-877-U-CAN-NOW (1-877-882-6669).   Your heart and your blood pressure will thank you.

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