What is the Best Way to Keep Blood Pressure Stable?

You’re probably familiar with high blood pressure, and you may even know that people can suffer from low blood pressure. But, did you know that fluctuating blood pressure can also be an issue? When blood pressure varies widely, it can put older adults at a greater risk for certain kinds of heart disease. In fact, when the systolic pressure changes by more than 14 mm Hg between checks, it puts the senior at a 25 percent greater risk for heart failure. If your aging relative has been told their blood pressure is fluctuating, knowing how to help them keep it stable could improve their health.

Senior Care in Stuart FL: Keeping Blood Pressure Stable

Senior Care in Stuart FL: Keeping Blood Pressure Stable

Causes of Fluctuating Blood Pressure.

There are several factors that can make a person’s blood pressure fluctuate. Some of them are:

  • “White Coat Syndrome”: Sometimes when people visit the doctor’s office they are anxious. That can make their blood pressure spike.
  • Medications: Some medicines can lower blood pressure for a short time. Medicines that may have this effect are diuretics, heart medications, some antidepressants, and medicines for Parkinson’s disease.
  • Strong Emotions: Stress and anxiety can temporarily cause blood pressure to rise. However, when the situation passes, it should lower again. Prolonged stress and anxiety can affect a person’s health, including their blood pressure.
  • Temperature: A warm bath can lower blood pressure. This is usually not considered dangerous as long as the pressure doesn’t get too low.

Controlling Blood Pressure.

In some cases, fluctuating blood pressure doesn’t require treatment beyond close monitoring. Usually, doctors take a three-fold approach to blood pressure that varies:

  • Monitoring.
  • Lifestyle changes.
  • Medications, if necessary.

Some lifestyle changes that may help stabilize blood pressure are:

  • Quit Smoking: Smoking damages arteries and can result in high blood pressure.
  • Balanced Diet: A healthy diet that includes fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and low protein can improve overall health.
  • Exercise: The American Heart Association recommends at least 30 minutes of exercise on five days of the week.
  • Limit Alcohol: Drinking too much can raise blood pressure.
  • Reduce Sodium: Eating too much salt can lead to high blood pressure.
  • Lower Stress: Learning healthy ways to manage stress, like meditation or deep breathing, can lower blood pressure.

 

For older adults who suffer from fluctuating blood pressure, having a senior care provider can help. A senior care provider can prepare healthy meals and encourage increased activity, like going for walks or gardening. A senior care provider can also remind them to take medications.

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Stuart, FL, please call the caring staff at Activa Home Health Care at (561) 819-4112.  Serving Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Wellington, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Lauderhill, Coral Springs, Pompano Beach and surrounding communities.

 

Sources

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321523.php

https://www.healthline.com/health/fluctuating-blood-pressure

https://www.webmd.com/hypertension-high-blood-pressure/news/20150727/big-swings-in-blood-pressure–could-spell-trouble

 

About Jon Fedele

Jon Fedele is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Activa Home Health. During the past 15 years he has owned and operated several successful healthcare companies in South Florida.

“I am passionate about our community and the people we serve”, states Mr. Fedele. “We have an obligation to take care of our seniors and allow them the dignity to age safely and independently in their own homes”.

Jon is married and has three children. He enjoys waterskiing and spending time with his family and friends.
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