High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure? Why is a life strategist focusing on that?
Simple! You may be great at goal setting and planning for your future but frankly if you do not pay attention to a simply matter like blood pressure, you can create a potentially larger health problem that can prevent you from functioning effectively.
Because my focus is on the whole person and not just one aspect of their lives, I take the opportunity to bring awareness to everyone whose lives I touch. Knowing your blood pressure reading and it's implications has become routine knowledge and is something that everyone should know.
So what is High Blood Pressure?
Blood is transported from our heart to rest of our body via arteries. The pressure of the blood pushing against the walls of the arteries is what we refer to as "blood pressure".
The blood pressure reading is given in two numbers; one number (the systolic, the top number) when the heart beats to pump the blood. The other number (the diastolic, the bottom number) when the heart is at rest between each beats.
According to the medical guidelines set forth by the
National Institute of Health
the normal blood pressure should be 120 over 80 (120/80). Anything higher is considered high blood pressure.
High blood pressure is called the "silent killer" because there are usually no symptoms. When your blood pressure is high, the heart is under a lot of stress, the arteries are under even more stress, working harder to push the blood through causing damage along the way. This can lead to stroke, heart attacks, or other serious health problems.
I have had
high blood pressure
for a few years and needed to work to reduce it. My doctor prescribed medications until I was able to maintain it through diet and exercise. I can proudly say that through much self-discipline, I no longer take blood pressure medications. However, because hypertension runs in my family I need to constantly monitor it and take the necessary precautions to keep it under control.
If your blood pressure is high, make sure you are under the care of a physician. Follow the special diets and recommendations to maintain normal levels. If you are not sure of your blood pressure reading, get a checkup.
Regular cardiovascular exercise. Get rid of any excess weight. Minimize your alcohol consumption. Avoid cigarettes or any tobacco product.
Tips to Maintaining a Healthy Blood Pressure.
Limit your caffeine intake. Minimize your sodium intake.
Include lots of fruits and vegetables in your diet. Eat a diet low in fat. Try biofeedback and the relaxation techniques it has to offer.
Now that you are informed about your blood pressure, take the necessary precautions to ensure healthy limits.
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