Think You Don’t Have High Blood Pressure? Think Again!

Prevention of high blood pressure

New blood pressure guidelines make American Heart Month the perfect time for a check-up.

February is American Heart Month, and as a leading community-based organization committed to improving the nation’s health, the YMCA urges everyone to check their blood pressure. Revised blood pressure guidelines from the American Heart Association mean that nearly half of all Americans (46 percent) have high blood pressure.

High blood pressure is often referred to as “The Silent Killer” because there are typically no warning signs or symptoms.

To address the prevalence of heart disease, the Y has made a national commitment to the Million Hearts campaign, an initiative spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CDC and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that aims to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes.

While high blood pressure and heart disease are serious conditions the good news is that a healthy heart is an achievable goal through lifestyle changes such as lowering sodium intake, eating healthier and getting more physical activity.

Check out five tips for loving your heart here.

The YMCA of Greater Brandywine offers a wide variety of ways to support your health and well-being goals. Check out our extensive group exercise schedule, schedule an appointment with a nutritionist or personal trainer or request your Try the Y pass.