High Blood Pressure Facts

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a condition that seems to be on the rise around the world, but most particularly within the United States, and the health provider community at large believes that a rising rate in obesity in the American population is the cause. People whose blood pressure falls within normal ranges are less likely to develop heart disease and strokes. Due to physical conditions, diet and heredity, hypertension, or high blood pressure, may cause a multitude of problems, including a greater risk of developing and suffering from heart disease, coronary disease and strokes.

As the heart pumps blood through its chambers, pressure in arteries increases. This state is called systolic pressure. When the heart muscle relaxes between beats, diastolic pressure is measured. A normal, systolic blood pressure reading averages around 120 beats per minute or lower, while a diastolic pressure of around 80 beats per minutes is considered normal. High blood pressure becomes evident when blood pressure rises over 140 for systolic and 90 for diastolic pressure readings.

High blood pressure is one of the greatest threats to public health, and eating habits have much to do with it. Too much fat and cholesterol in the body serves to clog and block arteries, decreasing the amount of blood that reaches vital organs, including the heart and brain. Someone can suffer from high blood pressure and not even realize it until a stroke or heart attack strikes.

High blood pressure is commonly known as 'the silent killer', but it doesn't have to be. Regular physical check ups can find signs and symptoms of high blood pressure before it's too late. Having your blood pressure checked regularly is the best method of watching for this silent disease. Blood pressure reading cuffs can be purchased at most medical supply stores, and are not difficult to master.

High blood pressure occurs when exercising or when the body is under physical or emotional stress, but upon most occasions, the brain will signal the heart to slow down if it senses danger. Blood pressure normally rises and falls throughout the course of a normal day and is nothing to be alarmed about. Maintaining a healthy living style, eating right and getting adequate amounts of exercise are the best things that people can do to maintain healthy blood pressure levels.

Most high blood pressure conditions can be prevented. Diets high in fruits and vegetables provide adequate amounts of calcium, fiber, potassium and magnesium, which can protect the heart against high blood pressure. Ease up on the saltshaker and get in shape. Even better, stop smoking and drinking. Busy lifestyles keep stress and tension levels high, so if you can relax every day, no matter what it is, as long as you enjoy it and it relaxes you, you can help reduce mild high blood pressure.

Preventing high blood pressure may be more difficult with aging, illness and other factors, but it is possible to slow or overcome such difficulties with diet, medications, exercise and a positive outlook on life.
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