Stroke Awareness Month

Know what to look for.

Do you know your numbers!?! I have to admit, I’m young so I never cared for paying attention to them. It was always just a quick part of my doctor appointments and that was it.

A great friend, and now cousin, lost her dad to a stroke which was a result of high blood pressure. This man was Ernie’s uncle and he is missed every single day in so many ways. This loss was a hard one that was felt by every single person that knew him but it has been a true eye opener. It was any other work day and that is not a call you expect. You don’t know how to handle that kind of tragedy- one that can be prevented by #KnowingYourNumbers. Your health is important.

Just because I have always had pretty great and healthy numbers (120/60 or less), does not mean I shouldn’t pay attention to them.

On the contrary, now that I am pregnant, this baby is doing wonders to my body- it is NOT just physical. I went to my last appointment and had just walked a bunch while wearing a mask… I was also very excited and talking to my nurse. When she took my blood pressure, it was through the roof! She told me to calm down, breathe, and she’d do it again. When she took it the second time, it was more normal but not what I’m used to. (116/69)

That was an eye opener for me… the last thing I need is preeclampsia etc. I have to walk. Do some yoga. Do anything! Because in an instance, everything can change. I am in no way shape or form a medical expert but it is so important to have some knowledge behind this, so please, do your homework, ask your doctor questions, and stay healthy!

Normal Blood Pressure:

Each time your heart beats, it pumps blood to the walls of the arteries.

Systolic: when it’s pumping blood (120)

Diastolic: the pause between a beat (80)

Normal BP is less than 120/80

High Blood Pressure Symptoms:

BP higher than 140 or 90

BP higher than 180 or 120 must seek medical attention immediately

Swelling in face and hands

Headaches that don’t go away

Vision problems/seeing blurry or spots

Pain in upper right abdomen

Trouble breathing

Things You Can Do:

Eat healthy

Less sodium

Regular exercise (just 30 min a day or 2.5 hours a week)

Limiting alcohol

Managing stress by having new and enjoyable outlets

Remember:

When you have higher blood pressure, that means your heart is working harder to pump blood. After time, this can result in stroke, heart attack, heart failure, and kidney failure.

All it takes is knowledge & one step forward. Know your numbers and set goals to do something healthy in each day.

Lastly, talk. Talk to your loved ones and share the knowledge you have. Share your stories.

Know your numbers!

Published by WorldReyes

I am a woman with a past but a very bright future. I call this mindfulmess because as mindful as I try to be, things can still get a little messy- and that is okay. Be strong, love yourself, travel. Life is all about the moments you create.

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