Heart healthy program
Take control of your high blood pressure with a heart healthy program that includes nutritional guidance, personalized support and tools to support weight loss--all from the comfort of your own home. Wellvolution’s® Heart Health programs are available with most Blue Shield of California plans.
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Why is heart health important for health?
It's normal for blood pressure to go up and down throughout the day. But if it stays up, you have high blood pressure, which is also called hypertension.
High blood pressure increases the risk of stroke, heart attack, and other health problems. Blood pressure consists of two numbers: systolic and diastolic. Someone with a systolic pressure of 120 and a diastolic pressure of 80 has a blood pressure of 120/80, or "120 over 80." Blood pressure is measured in millimeters of mercury (mm Hg).
The systolic number shows how hard the blood pushes when the heart is pumping. The diastolic number shows how hard the blood pushes between heartbeats, when the heart is relaxed and filling with blood.
Several things may raise blood pressure, including being overweight, drinking too much alcohol, a family history of high blood pressure, a diet high in sodium, and getting older.
Blood pressure may also rise if you are not very active, you don't eat enough potassium and calcium, or you have a condition called insulin resistance.
High blood pressure doesn't usually cause symptoms. Most people don't know they have it until they go to the doctor for some other reason.
Very high blood pressure can cause severe headaches and vision problems. These symptoms can also be caused by dangerously high blood pressure called hypertensive emergency. It may also be called a hypertensive crisis or malignant high blood pressure.
Most people find out that they have high blood pressure during a routine doctor visit. If you have high blood pressure, your provider will give you a blood pressure goal. Your goal will be based on your health and your age.
You can help lower your blood pressure by making healthy changes in your lifestyle. If those lifestyle changes don't work well enough, you may also need to take pills. Either way, you will need to control your high blood pressure throughout your life.
Treatment depends on how high your blood pressure is, whether you have other health problems such as diabetes, and whether any organs have already been damaged. Your doctor may also check your risk for other problems, such as heart attack and stroke.
In addition to following your doctor or provider’s treatment plan, making lifestyle changes can help you to prevent and treat high blood pressure. You can:
- Stay at a healthy weight or lose extra weight.
- Eat heart-healthy foods and limit sodium.
- Exercise regularly.
- Limit alcohol to 2 drinks a day for men and 1 drink a day for women.
Wellvolution’s® Heart Healthy Program can help you control your high blood pressure at home and prevent further health problems. Get started today!