Dr Oz: High Blood Pressure & Strokes
A woman named Lorry, who is 46-years-old and uninsured, shared her story of worrying about her risk for heart disease. She told Dr. Oz both of her grandparents died from heart disease and her mother has had a heart attack as well. Lorry said she knows that she is at higher risk for heart disease and hoped Dr. Oz could help her during her visit to one of his 15-minute free physical clinics.
Dr. Oz held Lorry’s hand while she had her blood pressure taken, which was a staggering 164/116. With her bottom number being so far from where doctors wanted it to be, Lorry knew she was at higher risk for having a stroke.
Dr. Oz took Lorry in to have a stress test next, but this did not go over very well either. The test gave him concern because of how hard her heart was pumping during her short time on the treadmill.
Dr Oz: 75 Million Americans At Risk For Stroke
Lorry expressed that her biggest fear was having a heart attack, so she was surprised when Dr. Oz told her she is actually at a higher risk for having a stroke.
Dr. Oz showed Lorry what a human brain looks like that has suffered from a stroke. There was a large bruised area, where, Dr. Oz explained, a blood vessel had popped. He further explained that this is the most common type of stroke in a young person with high blood pressure.
About 75 million Americans have high blood pressure and are at risk for having this kind of stroke. But Dr. Oz explained the most important information to know is that it is completely preventable.
Dr Oz: Bananas, Citrus Fruits to Lower Blood Pressure
The bet way to start lowering blood pressure is by changing your diet. Dr. Oz had a plan for Lorry that would build up her potassium levels while lowering her sodium levels. Dr. Oz said by switching out proteins that contain saturated fats with proteins that contain healthy fats, like salmon, it would literally open up her blood vessels and lower her blood pressure.
He explained that some foods that are high in potassium and can help lower blood pressure are:
- Citrus fruits
- Greens (like kale)
Dr Oz: Exercise Lowers Blood Pressure
Just 30 minutes of exercise a day is also going to lower blood pressure. The exercise does not have to be overly strenuous. Any activity that gets the body moving will help lower blood pressure.
Dr Oz: Check Blood Pressure
Dr. Oz said the number one way to take charge of your health is by monitoring your blood pressure on a regular basis. He advised Lorry to check her blood pressure daily and advised everyone else to check it often. Catching something irregular early is going to make it easier to get help.