all, what is high blood pressure? We hear the phrase and think we understand,
but do we really know what it means and what the implications could be?
pressure is the pressure of blood in the arteries as it is being pumped around
the body by the heart. When your blood pressure exceeds an upper limit for an
extended time, you have high blood pressure, or hypertension.
high blood pressure is defined as a systolic pressure (when my heart is
contracting) of 140 or more, and or a diastolic pressure (when the heart is
relaxing) of 90 or more.
get a true picture, it may be worth getting your blood pressure measured more
than once. Going to the doctor can be stressful (white coat syndrome) and stress
can cause it to arise.
Why is high blood pressure
pressure is dangerous because the heart, brain and kidneys can withstand
increased blood pressure for long periods, and people with high blood pressure
may feel perfectly well for years.
doesn’t mean it isn’t doing damage if it is not controlled. High blood pressure
can overload the heart accelerating the artery clogging process known as atherosciences.
This in turn can lead to heart attacks, strokes, heart failure and kidney
Why should people check their
should have their blood pressure checked every 1 to 2 years although anyone
with a direct family history of it should have a chat tomorrow afternoon.
experience symptoms of hypertension such as swollen ankles and fingers,
breathlessness, blurred vision, frequently bleeding nose and persistent morning
headaches, should have the blood pressure checked immediately.
Do you need medication to control
high blood pressure?
While it is
true that many people need drugs to control her blood pressure, others can
reduce it, or lower the dose of the drugs needed to control it, with lifestyle
diet alone maybe all that is needed to reduce blood pressure.
study showed that a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy foods,
and high in fibre and protein, is sufficient to significantly reduce blood
pressure in people with mild hypertension.
with more severe hypertension it is advised that, along with a healthy diet,
they lower the alcohol and salt intake to lose weight, and exercise regularly.