Uncontrolled high blood pressure is a serious health problem that could endanger the lives of those who suffer this problem. Also known as hypertension or “silent killer” is a cardiovascular disease that affects people worldwide. It is estimated that there are about 78 million people suffering from high blood pressure in the United States, and among these, about 16 million have not been diagnosed.
The real problem is that the non-detection complicates treatment and increases the risk of a heart attack, stroke and other serious illnesses. Therefore, it is essential to inform about it and knowing the measures that can be taken to reduce high blood pressure. Blood pressure is the force that is produced when the heart pumps blood through a network of arteries, veins and capillaries to the organs.
In an adult, it is considered that the pressure is at normal levels when the measurements are 120 mm Hg when doing physical activity and 80 mm Hg when the body is at rest. It is said that pressure is high when the first measure exceeds 140 mm Hg, and the second, 90 mm Hg. The increase may occur as a consequence of a narrowing of the arteries known as arterioles, whose function is to regulate blood flow in the body.
What causes blood pressure? What can I Do to lower it?
There are many reasons, such as having a family history of hypertension, being over 60 years, be subjected to high levels of stress, anger or hostility, being overweight or obese, smoking cigarette, having a diet rich in saturated fats, consuming alcohol to excess, consuming foods high in sodium, being sedentary, having diabetes.
To lower blood pressure you can try increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables, limit ing salt intake, at least 30 minutes of exercise a day; including teas and juices in your diet, avoiding processed foods and high in fat, consuming foods rich in omega 3, maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding alcohol and cigarette, and practicing relaxation techniques.
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