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High Blood Pressure - Will Pressure You to Death! Literally!

High Blood Pressure or hypertension as it is medically called is a chronic medical condition. There are several things that can cause this, and we will consider a few, but...

...the thing to keep in mind as this is discussed is the fact that it is a silent killer and can shorten life expectancy. Stroke, heart attack or aneurysm can be the final blow.

The measurement is determined by the pressure of the blood determined in a hearts beat (systolic pressure) and the measure of pressure between heart beats (Diastolic).

 It has been determined by the medical profession that 90 to 119 is the normal Systolic reading and 60 to 79 is the normal diastolic. Of course age plays a roll in the determination. Another factor to consider is the affect that diabetes has on this disease. Diabetes can...

Classification Systolic pressure Diastolic pressure
mmHg kPa mmHg kPa
Normal 90–119 12–15.9 60–79 8.0–10.5
Prehypertension 120–139 16.0–18.5 80–89 10.7–11.9
Stage 1 140–159 18.7–21.2 90–99 12.0–13.2
Stage 2 ≥160 ≥21.3 ≥100 ≥13.3
Isolated systolic
hypertension
≥140 ≥18.7 <90 <12.0
Source: American Heart Association (2003).





...increase the risk. Some symptoms of high blood pressure are:

  • headache

  • drowsiness

  • confusion

  • vision problems

  • fatigue

  • nausea, etc.


Some other causes besides diabetes is:
  • obesity

  • stress

  • Pre-eclampsia

  • sedentary lifestyle

  • smoking

  • potassium deficiency

  • salt

  • insulin resistance.

  • Risks also increase with aging.

Of course...

...medication can help in reducing high blood pressure, but other ways that it can be reduced is by making lifestyle changes such as:

  • Better diet - Like reducing salt intake and high fat foods and read meat - reducing sugar intake. increasing vegetable and fruits.

  • aerobic exercising which improves blood flow and reduces the resting heart rate.

  • weight loss

  • discontinue smoking

  • reduce alcohol intake - about two drinks a day.

  • reducing stress - using meditation and other mind/body relaxation techniques.

  • I would also like to add increasing omega 3 fatty acids, as these can help lower hypertension and increase the excretion of sodium and water.

The World Health Organization attributes hypertension as the leading cause of cardiovascular mortality. Bringing this area of life under control may increase our life expectancy - Do you enjoy living?



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