4 High Blood Pressure Myths Debunked


Senior Care Santa Cruz, CA: Blood Pressure Myths

According to the American Heart Association, around 103 million people in the United States have high blood pressure. Given how common the condition is, you might think most people know everything there is to know about it. However, there are many myths about high blood pressure that people have accepted as truth. Being able to separate myth from fact may allow you to be a better family caregiver to your aging relative. Below are 4 myths and the truth about them.

Myth #1: We don’t put the saltshaker on the table, so my elderly relative isn’t at risk.

Truth: It is true that controlling how much sodium your aging relative consumes can help manage high blood pressure. However, there’s more to it than simply taking the saltshaker off the table. About 75 percent of the sodium people eat is in the processed foods they eat, like tomato sauce, soups, and condiments. To truly control how much sodium your aging relative eats, it’s important to read labels and choose foods that are low in sodium. Also, don’t be fooled into thinking that using kosher or sea salt is better. They contain just as much sodium as table salt.

Myth #2: My older family member feels fine, so they can’t have high blood pressure.

Truth: High blood pressure typically doesn’t have any symptoms, so it’s possible to have it for years without knowing. Meanwhile, the condition silently damages blood vessels, the heart, and other organs. The only way to know if your aging relative has high blood pressure is to have it checked.

Myth #3: The doctor checks my elderly mom’s blood pressure, so we don’t need to check at home.

Truth: If your elderly relative has high blood pressure and is on medication, you may believe it’s under control and there’s no reason to check it at home. However, keeping track of the senior’s blood pressure at home can help your doctor to determine if treatment is working. It can also alert you to a problem before it gets worse.

Myth #4: My aging relative’s blood pressure has been fine, so it’s okay if they stop taking medicine.

Truth: Older adults should not stop taking high blood pressure medications unless they are instructed to do so by their doctor. High blood pressure is usually a lifelong condition, so they will likely have to take medicine for it for the rest of their lives.

If your aging relative has high blood pressure, senior care can help them to manage the condition. Senior care providers can cook low-sodium meals for the older adult. A senior care provider can also remind them when it is time to take their high blood pressure medication, so they do not miss a dose. And, senior care can help them to check their blood pressure at home and record the results.

If you or your loved one is looking for Senior Care in Santa Cruz, CA, please call Familiar Surroundings Home Care.

Santa Clara County:(408) 979-9990

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Santa Cruz County:(831) 480-3990

Sources

https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/high-blood-pressure/the-facts-about-high-blood-pressure/common-high-blood-pressure-myths

https://www.webmd.com/hypertension-high-blood-pressure/5-misconceptions-about-hypertension#1

https://www.rush.edu/health-wellness/discover-health/high-blood-pressure-myths

https://www.heart.org/en/news/2018/05/01/more-than-100-million-americans-have-high-blood-pressure-aha-says

Laura Wentling

Laura has been involved in the home care industry for more than 20 years. She knows all the aspects of the business and what it takes to provide excellent customer service. Her ability to focus on clients and personal attendants on an individual basis makes her an outstanding leader. Marinating a standard of professionalism and quality with her administrative staff and personal attendants through direct interaction, is a goal which Laura strives to meet daily. Laura is a "hands on" partner and is always available to meet with both our clients and personal attendants when needed.
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