According to Lisa Lewis, Ph.D., RN, a Nursing Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Nursing School, not taking your high blood pressure medication puts you at risk for heart disease, stroke, heart attack and even death.
Hypertension also known as high blood pressure is the silent killer. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can damage your kidneys and cause a stroke.
Hypertension can also become serious and life threatening if left untreated. Here are ways to lower blood pressure levels: follow the doctor's orders, take medication as prescribed, avoid shaking salt on food, read sodium content on food labels, eat low sodium meals and snacks, exercise regularly, avoid eating processed foods, avoid drinking high sodium beverages and reduce stress in your life.
Take care of your body from head to toe: Check your blood pressure regularly, schedule your annual physical exam, exercise daily, eat low sodium foods, drink plenty of water, and reduce stress in your life.
If you are feeling depressed or suicidal schedule an appointment with a psychiatrist or mental health department immediately.
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