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High Blood Pressure

Menopause and High Blood Pressure

Is menopause and high blood pressure a concern? Menopausal women are often at an increased risk for high blood pressure or hypertension. It is unclear why this risk increases with menopause, but some factors may include obesity, salt intake, sedentary lifestyle, smoking, stress and family history. Not every woman in menopause is going to develop high blood pressure, but you might notice it’s the first thing your doctor checks after weighing you in.

What are the symptoms you can look out for? Headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, nausea, and loss of balance are the most common.

Your doctor might recognize the link between menopause and high blood pressure and recommend medication. You will probably be advised to quit smoking, reduce anxiety and control your weight. Women in menopause tend to store fat around the middle and this can be very unhealthy. Watch your salt intake and look at the labels on your food. Women often think they’ve cut out the salt, only to find high levels in their food choices.

Last, but not least, don’t hold your feelings inside. You’d be surprised how much better you’ll feel, physically and emotionally, by addressing your emotions instead of bottling them up.