Let's Discuss Blood Pressure
Let's Take A Look At Healthy Blood Pressure
It's very important for your heart health that you work on achieving and maintain a healthy blood pressure. The right time to work on this is before you even develop high blood pressure, but if you’ve already been diagnosed, it’s not too late to start.
First, avoid tobacco. If you’ve never smoked, don’t start. And if you’re a smoker or you use smokeless tobacco there’s no time like the present to stop. This is one habit that can cause you to have high blood pressure and many other health problems.
Make sure that you get regular exercise. It’s recommended that you get thirty minutes to an hour of exercise daily. This doesn’t mean you have to become a gym rat. Even taking a daily walk can do amazing things for your heart health.
It’s important to eat a healthy diet. It’s been well documented that a diet low in sodium can help you to maintain healthy blood pressure. It’s important to choose low sodium foods and skip the extra salt on your food – most foods already contain plenty.
But eating a healthy diet also helps you to maintain a healthy weight and that can lead to healthy blood pressure also. The best way to maintain a healthy weight through nutrition is to eat lean proteins, lots of fruits and vegetables, and plenty of healthy fats from plant sources.
Another aspect of achieving and maintaining a healthy blood pressure is managing your stress levels. People who have a high stress lifestyle often have higher blood pressure as well. There are a few things you can do to manage stress.
First, get rid of activities that are really optional. Many people experience stress because they create it by filling life with too many activities. Prioritize and do only those things that are most important.
Even people with good time management will still experience some forms of stress. To combat that, you need to work on techniques to minimize the effects of stress. Exercise is one way to do that. You can also practice making sure to get enough sleep each night.
Yoga and meditation are also helpful activities when it comes to managing your stress. It’s important, too, that you spend time doing activities you enjoy and that allow your mind to distress. For example, enjoying a hobby or spending time with friends.
Living a healthy lifestyle can help you to have more energy and look and feel your best. Getting to the point of a healthy blood pressure can often be done through healthy lifestyle choices.
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Blood Pressure and Exercising
When a person has high blood pressure, it’s important to understand the relationship between exercise and blood pressure. With many people exercise is a wonderful way to help lower blood pressure, but it may not be safe for everyone.
Exercise is good for the circulation. It helps you to maintain a healthy weight and to feel stronger and enjoy more energy.
If you have high blood pressure, exercise can help you to get to an ideal weight, and manage the stress in your life, by lowering your blood pressure. There are several things to keep in mind when adding exercise to your lifestyle.
You can talk to your doctor about what’s appropriate for you. If your blood pressure is very high, you may need to take it easy with your fitness routine. Go over your specific plans with your doctor and get suggestions.
You’ll want to start slow for several reasons. First, you don’t want to overexert yourself and at the same time put too much stress on your heart. In addition, you want fitness to be a lifetime goal. It doesn’t have to happen overnight.
When people overdo it the first few days they exercise, they tend to be more likely to give up. You may feel sore, exhausted, and drained if you’ve done too much. Instead, start slow and gradually build up more endurance so you can stick with it.
When exercising, make sure you pay attention to your body. You should be able to carry on a conversation when exercising. If you feel short of breath or unable to talk, slow down. You should also pay attention to chest pain – if you feel it, it’s time to stop and call your healthcare provider.
The simplest exercise for most people is walking. Walking allows you to get your heart pumping without overexerting yourself. Start slow and build up your distance and speed. For some people just walking around the block is a challenge.
If you’re not in great shape, try walking down the street and back. Eventually you’ll be able to walk miles. It just takes time to build up and improve your physical fitness. With walking, all you need is a comfortable pair of shoes and someplace to do it.
Start with one step at a time. Walk as fast as you can and don’t try to compete with others. Remember that exercise and blood pressure go hand in hand and if you can be consistent, you’ll see the benefits of exercise on your health.
Blood Pressure That's Dangerous
Many have heard that high blood pressure is unhealthy, but when does it become dangerous blood pressure? High blood pressure is usually symptom free, so if you don’t get it tested you may never even know you have it.
High blood pressure over time can be dangerous because it causes your arteries to get harder and can lead to blockages in your blood vessels. This can lead to risk of heart attack and stroke. This is very dangerous.
However, there are situations when blood pressure can become so high that you have an emergency situation on your hands. If your blood pressure goes up to 220/140 mmHg, you can have deadly problems.
Blood pressure this high will be accompanied by serious symptoms and is caused by problems such as a stroke or heart attack. You might experience a terrible headache or chest pain. This situation can also be caused by a head injury or preeclampsia in women who are pregnant.
If in some cases drugs are abused, such as cocaine, you can also be put at risk of a dangerous blood pressure emergency. This high level of blood pressure is so serious that it can end your life if you don’t get medical treatment right away.
In addition to a headache or chest pain, you may also feel shortness of breath. Blood pressure this high for very long can cause you to be incapacitated. You can even experience brain damage from this blood pressure.
It is also possible with extended high blood pressure that optical vessels can be affected in a negative way. So get your vision checked yearly.
While there are some situations that come up suddenly due to pregnancy or surgery complications, most people can prevent having high blood pressure that becomes debilitating. It’s important to monitor your blood pressure regularly and to make healthy choices.
If you have high blood pressure, don’t let it go untreated. Some people don’t want to face the fact that they have a serious medical problem and try to ignore it. But by ignoring high blood pressure you increase your risk of having a serious health problem.
Very high blood pressure can be treated with medication before it becomes acutely dangerous. Mildly high blood pressure and even some moderate blood pressure can be lowered by making changes to your diet, exercise program, and stress levels.
If you don’t know what your blood pressure level is, it’s time to start checking it. Your doctor will check it in his or her office but you should also check it regularly on your own. If it seems high, always talk with your doctor about which steps to take.
By keeping records on your blood pressure and making healthy lifestyle choices, combined with medication, you can avoid dangerous blood pressure and its deadly consequences.
Be Assertive and Get Regular Checkups
- Get annual physicals over 50
- Have your blood pressure checked regularly
- Eye checkups are important... get them
- Buy a BP Monitor for home
What Are The Symptoms of High Blood Pressure?
For the average person to notice high blood pressure in themselves can be hard as there aren’t often symptoms for high blood pressure. Because of that high blood pressure is often called “the silent killer”. But there are some symptoms you might notice if you do have this problem.
Usually if you’re experiencing symptoms it’s because your blood pressure is dangerously high. If you experience any of these, you need to make sure and get medical treatment as soon as possible.
When you have very high blood pressure you may experience an extreme headache. This will be different than a typical tension headache. This can be a warning sign of stroke which is related to high blood pressure.
- High blood pressure can also make you feel dizzy or fatigued. You might even feel confused about your situation or have a tough time communicating when blood pressure spikes too high for your body.
- Another dangerous symptom of high blood pressure is chest pain. This can signal a heart attack, but it can also be a symptom related to other heart disease related to hypertension. It’s important not to ignore pain in your chest – seek treatment quickly.
- If you feel like your heart is pounding and you can feel it in your head, chest, or even your ears it could be a sign that your blood pressure is much too high. Don’t delay in getting with your healthcare provider to determine the cause.
- Other symptoms for high blood pressure include vision problems that come on suddenly as well as blood in the urine. These are both cause for concern and you should make sure to seek treatment soon.
All of these symptoms are quite dramatic, but you should remember that many people have no symptoms of high blood pressure. The best way to find out if you have high blood pressure is to get it measured often.
Many people delay getting health information for fear of what it could mean for them. The good news is that when you have high blood pressure there’s much you can do to lower it. High blood pressure isn’t a death sentence, but it can be deadly if you don’t get it treated.
Treatments can include making some lifestyle changes and if your blood pressure is very high or doesn't respond to lifestyle changes, you may be prescribed medications. So please don't wait until you experience symptoms for high blood pressure before you monitor yours – check regularly so that you can prevent serious problems before they have a chance to start.
Here Are Some Tips For Lowering High Blood Pressure
When you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, you can be desperate to find ways to lower blood pressure and improve your health. The good news is that there are a few simple steps you can take to lower blood pressure.
First, you should always work with your healthcare provider to come up with the right plan for you. If your blood pressure isn’t too high, you might be able to work to lower blood pressure naturally.
However, very high blood pressure is so dangerous that it often requires medical intervention. You may be prescribed one or more medications to help lower your blood pressure and protect you from a heart attack or the risk of stroke.
Even if you go with medications, you should still work hard to discover natural ways to lower blood pressure through making lifestyle changes. For example, adding exercise and a healthy lifestyle can help you to lose weight and lower blood pressure.
Stress management is another key to lowering blood pressure for many people. A high stress lifestyle can be altered so that it becomes less stressful and you have time for relaxation and enjoyment.
There are also some specific foods that can help you to lower cholesterol. Foods high in potassium are thought to lower cholesterol such as kidney beans, bananas, and melon. You should also avoid foods high in sodium that can actually increase blood pressure.
Dark chocolate may also be effective in helping to lower cholesterol. A small serving of dark chocolate each day is recommended as an antioxidant that can help improve your overall health in many ways.
Some dietary supplements can help lower cholesterol as well. For example, the supplement coenzyme Q10 has been shown in studies to lower cholesterol. You may want to talk to your doctor about adding this to your routine. I use coQ10 every day with my other vitamins.
Vitamin C may also be effective in helping to lower blood pressure as well as taking fish oil supplements. These are good additions to your daily intake of vitamins and supplements and can help improve your heart health.
In the end, you may need to take prescription medication to keep your blood pressure under control. You should never let high blood pressure go without treatment and monitoring. It’s the number one cause of heart disease and shouldn’t be taken lightly.
If you have high blood pressure, do not be in self denial. Understanding ways to lower blood pressure can save your life by preventing heart disease and stroke.
I was diagnosed with high blood pressure about eight years ago. It was mild and just above normal, but I reacted right away. My health care provider put me on two medications and the problem was eliminated.
It is important to catch this silent killer before symptoms occur. See your physician regularly and purchase a blood pressure monitor system.
© 2014 TOM FOSTER
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