control & Prevention
Nearly half of Americans have high blood pressure, called hypertension. However, only 1 in 4 have their condition under control.
Hypertension is called the Silent Killer, because it can lead to strokes, heart disease, and other health complications without showing any warning signs or symptoms. The only way to know if you have high blood pressure is to have it checked.
receive A FREE Blood Pressure Monitor
We are excited to announce a new initiative to the Central North Alabama Health Services, Inc. Health System. Qualifying patients will receive a free Bluetooth/wireless blood pressure monitor to manage their blood pressure remotely.
Know your Numbers!
Here are a few resources to help you monitor your blood pressure from the comfort of your home.
DEALS is a way to remember lifestyle changes you can make to help you get your blood pressure under control.
DIET- Follow the DASH diet.
EXCERCISE- Aim for at least 90-150 minutes of aerobic exercise per week.
ALCOHOL MODERATION – Limit alcohol to no more than 1 drink per day if female, or 2 drinks per day if male.
LOSE WEIGHT- Maintain a normal body weight (BMI-18.5-24.9 kg/m2)
SALT REDUCTION Decrease the salt in your diet (<1500 mg of sodium/per day).
Taking your medication as prescribed, reducing your stress levels, and quitting smoking are also important steps you can take to get your blood pressure under control. Work with your primary care provider to achieve and maintain healthy blood pressure goals.
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we’re here for you
Getting your blood pressure under control may be new to you, but it can be done! We are here for you. Please consult with your Care Team about any additional questions that you have.
Talk with you primary care provider about how many times you should be measuring your blood pressure. It is generally recommended that you take your blood pressure at least twice a day , 2 minutes apart. However, people with hypertension may need to measure their blood pressure more often.
Measuring your blood pressure regularly from home can help you and your doctor get a more complete picture of what is going on with your blood pressure.