High blood pressure sometimes called arterial hypertension is a chronic condition in where the blood pressure in the arteries is elevated. This of course requires the heart to work harder than normal to circulate the blood through the blood vessels. About 1 in 5 Canadians have high blood pressure.
High blood pressure increases your chances in getting heat disease and/or kidney disease and for having a stroke. Regardless of your age, race and gender anyone can develop high blood pressure and it is especially dangerous as it often has no signs or warning symptoms to alarm you.
You can take steps to prevent high blood pressure by adopting a healthy lifestyle. These steps include maintaining a healthy weight; being physically active; and following a healthy eating plan. Research has proven that eating healthy and decreasing your sodium intake does reduce your blood pressure significantly.
Follow these key points to aid in lowering your blood pressure:
- Improve your lifestyle habits: Eat a healthy diet that is low in sodium; get regular exercise; limit your intake of alcohol and caffeine; lose weight if your overweight; and if you smoke then quit!
- Reduce your sodium intake: Experts estimate that about 30% of all high blood pressure is caused by consuming too much salt!
- Your medicine cabinet could be putting you in danger! Some over-the-counter medications (ibuprofen, naproxen and cold medications) can increase your blood pressure even more so talk to your doctor and/or pharmacist before consuming any medication.
High blood pressure is very common and is known as the silent killer. In most cases it presents and no symptoms and in 20% of cases people don’t know they even have it and meanwhile it could be silently causing serious problems inside of your body!
On a personal note, my mother was one of those cases and has taken her two years to recover from her stroke but it will always be a battle to just conquer daily living so please take action now and improve your lifestyle habits before it is too late!