High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure puts your health and quality of life in danger. Left uncontrolled, high blood pressure can lead to heart attack, stroke, heart failure, vision loss, sexual dysfunction, angina, and peripheral artery disease.
High blood pressure often has no symptoms, so regularly checking the blood pressure is the only way to know if a person has high blood pressure.
Family history and age are risks associated with high blood pressure that you can't do much about. However, many other risks for high blood pressure can be greatly reduced through lifestyle changes. These lifestyle changes include:
- Eat a healthy diet that is low in sodium and at least 5 servings of fruit and vegetables each day
- Aim for a healthy weight
- Be more physically active
- Don’t smoke, and if you do, quit!
Greendale residents can have their blood pressure checked free of charge at the Greendale Health Department Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm by calling 414-423-2110 to schedule an individual appointment. For more information about high blood pressure, visit https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/heart-disease/index.htm