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How to lower blood pressure

Updated on January 1, 2013

Blood Pressure

Your blood pressure is very important, here is some help in how to lower blood pressure. But firstly what is blood pressure?

Blood pressure is simply the force of blood pushing against blood vessel walls in your body. This pressure can be high or low.

Why is high blood pressure so fatal?

The blood vessels in our bodies are made of slightly flexible tissue, which stretch when blood pump through them. The higher the force of blood, the more the arteries/blood vessels will have to stretch to allow the blood to flow. Now if the force of blood is constantly high it will damage the blood vessels. For example with a balloon as air goes into it, it stretches, the more air the more stretch, however there is only so much air that can be held in that balloon and if one tries to put more air than allowed in that balloon, we all know what would be the result!.........The balloon will be damage forever and it will never again be able to work normal. Same as with your blood vessels.

The damage of the vessels can cause several things to occur including:

  • Vascular weaknesses
  • Vascular scarring
  • Increased risk of blood clots

All about controlling high blood pressure

Lowering blood pressure is extremely important and the better you monitor it and the more you know about it will, of course, positively assist you in the long run. By controlling your high blood pressure you are making yourself healthy and you are more likely to endure a longer life.

What is considered high blood pressure?

High Blood pressure, medically known as hypertension can range from mild forms to extreme forms which can lead to death. This disease can cause heart attack, stroke or kidney failure. Persons of all ages can suffer this . It is best to control high blood pressure as soon as possible.

High blood pressure causes

If you need to control your pressure you should also know what factors contribute to high blood pressure.Some factors are as follows:

Aging - As a person becomes older the arteries throughout his body become less elastic than they were when he was younger, also his blood flows slower. Due to this, blood pressure rises.

Obesity, stress, smoking or eating too much salt can trigger high blood pressure.However in some cases high blood pressure causes can not be detected.

Symptoms of high blood pressure

Sometimes people with high blood pressure will experience these symptoms:

  • headache
  • dizziness
  • nausea and vomiting
  • chest pain
  • shortness of breath
  • blurred vision

But usually no symptoms can occur. High blood pressure can cause a artery in the brain to burst, resulting in a stroke, it also forces the heart to overwork causing heart attack or it can cause kidney failure, due to the reduction of blood flow to the heart.

Controlling high blood pressure

Monitor your pressure
Monitor your pressure

How to lower blood pressure

  1. Avoid salty foods
  2. Exercise
  3. Weight reduction
  4. Reduce stress
  5. Cut back on caffeine
  6. Limit the alcohol you drink
  7. Monitor you pressure
  8. Avoid smoking

Your health is very important and you should do what ever necessary to maintain a good health. From today, start to lower your blood pressure.


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      mathslover 7 years ago from Barbados

      Thank you TattoGuy I will be sure to take your advice in lenghtening this hub I am glad you think it is useful.

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      TattoGuy 7 years ago

      I always check a persons hub before I add them, this hub could have been a bit longer with maybe a video thrown in but although short it was useful !

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      mathslover 7 years ago from Barbados

      It is best to know how to handle your pressure. Thanks for the comment easyguyevo

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      easyguyevo 7 years ago from Barbados

      Very informative Hub. My Dad is a diabetic and my grandmother recently collapsed and she is also a diabetic. But her collapse was due to low blood pressure, so remember there are dangers in that extreme as well. She is fine now though. Once Again great Hub, glad to be a follower.

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      mathslover 7 years ago from Barbados

      It is important to control your pressure and not let your pressure control you, i am glad you got your BP back to normal TheSenior.

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      mathslover 7 years ago from Barbados

      Sorry to hear whoaaasteph, once you do all the things necessary you should be ok. It is important to always know about your body.

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      TheSenior 7 years ago

      Very good - I have high blood controlled by meds and the fact that I go to the gym and workout regularly has casued my BP to back to normal with meds that are half what the potency was. My symptioms were just a tingling in the fingers and I said this ain't normal.

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      whoaaasteph 7 years ago from Seminole, Florida

      Controlling your blood pressure is very important. My mother had a stroke and my father is on high blood pressure medication but my blood pressure is within the normal range but since I am in nursing school, I have a blood pressure cuff so I check my blood pressure at least once every week just to make sure I'm okay. It's very important to keep track though some people might not think so. Thank you for this very informative blog :)