THE SILENT KILLER!
The medical specialists say that blood pressure is the push of blood being pushed against vessel walls. High blood pressure means that the push of blood against your vessel walls is higher than it should be.
The way blood pressure is measured is by what is called the systolic and diastolic method. Systolic is the pressure when your heart beats, diastolic is the pressure when your heart is resting between beats.
The systolic pressure would be the upper number when reading your pressure, the diastolic is the lower number. If reading the blood pressure the numbers would read something like this 110/73.
The blood pressure of a normal healthy adult should read below 120/80. If the reading exceeds this reading, you are said to have hypertension.
The reason that high blood pressure is call the “silent killer” is because it offers no signs or symptoms at all to warn the victim that it has invaded their body.
There are thousands in the population that haven’t a clue that their blood pressure is high, the reasons are, there are signs and they feel normal.
This however is dangerous because, if undetected high blood pressure can lead to heart attack, stroke, vision loss and kidney disease.
TWO CAUSES OF HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
There are two categories in which the cause of high blood pressure or hypertension are divided into.
One cause of high blood pressure is: Essential high blood pressure-this means that there has been no diagnosed cause for it being high. The next category is: Secondary high blood pressure-this means that there an underlying factor for the blood pressure being elevated.
There other reasons for a person to experience high blood pressure, age plays a role in a person getting hypertension or high blood pressure. The older you get, the more likelihood of you getting it.
Family history plays a major role in a person having hypertension. It appears that if your family members have had it, you may carry it in your genetic make-up as well.
It also appears that temperature has an effect on blood pressure too. When the weather outside is cool or warm, the blood pressure of an individual rises or falls accordingly.
Ethnicity plays a role also in how a person might be a candidate for getting high blood pressure or hypertension. Are you of African or Asian origin, the likelihood of you getting hypertension increases.
Are you overweight or obese, your chances of developing high blood pressure rises.
Smoking or using tobacco products contributes to an individuals chances of having hypertension.
Women however, fare better than men when it comes to getting hypertension.
An habitual drinker can increase his/her chances of getting this life threatening disease greatly.
HELP IN DEALING WITH HYPERTENSION
Limit your salt intake. Salt is bad for an individual because it raises the sodium level in your blood and reduces the ability of your kidneys to remove water from your body, resulting in the body retaining water, putting extra pressure on the blood vessel supplying the kidneys.
The more strain on the heart, kidneys and brain leads to heart attack, dementia, strokes and kidney failure.
Certain drinks are good when dealing with hypertension. For instance, coconut water, milk, apple cider vinegar drink, pomegranate juice, water, cranberry juice, red wine, beet juice, these are known to aid in lowering high blood pressure.
FOODS THAT RAISE YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE
As much as we just love eating pizza, it can be very harmful to us if we are trying to lower our blood pressure. Pizza, fresh or frozen have very large amounts of salt.
The toppings, tomato sauce, cheese, meats and even the dough are notorious sodium agents.
Watch out for those popular energy drinks, they are chocked full of caffeine and sugar, which can send your blood pressure exceeding high.
Watch out for frozen seafood which have been prepared with salt and other ingredients which raise your pressure. Canned foods can be high in sodium, read the label before eating these products.
Steaks or any food that is laden with fat is unhealthy, use common sense when indulging these foods
FOODS THAT HELP LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE
Whole grain foods like brown rice, carrots, sweet potatoes, green leafy vegetables, apples, pears, peaches, mangoes, bananas, poultry(no skin), fish, skim milk, low-fat cheese, almonds, kidney beans, and nuts are too.
MAKE A LIFESTYLE CHANGE
Improve your physical activity, working out moderately, will strengthen your heart and the whole of your body. Do exercise in moderation, don’t do anything that would destroy what you’re trying to build.
Consult your doctor before indulging in any regimen that you have doubts about………don’t blow it. Getting rid of a few pounds is always great for the body as a whole, get the pounds off safely.
Check your blood pressure daily, stay on top of it and lead a pretty normal life and enjoy the gifts that we have been blessed with.