High Blood Pressure: Changing diet, exercise and stress!

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Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. The greatest wealth is health. Health is not something that you need to get; it’s something you have already if you don’t disturb it. Run faster, eat better, sleep longer, try harder, aim higher and day by day get happier. Blood Pressure is an important vital sign.  It is the measurement of pressure of the blood flowing through the vessels against the vessel walls. It tends to change with time and age dramatically and hence it is very crucial to check it regularly.

High BP contributes to an alarming number of deaths each year. Although it may not have apparent symptoms it leads to heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure. It increases the chance of heart disease, and is dangerous because it often has no symptoms. It is recommended to prevent it by reducing sodium (salt) intake, being active and maintaining a healthy weight. It should be remember that it may be higher after meal or exercise. It (measured in millimeters of mercury, or mmHg) falls under four major categories:

  • Normal: Less than 120 over 80 (120/80)
  • Prehypertension: 120-139 over 80-89
  • Stage 1 high BP: 140-159 over 90-99
  • Stage 2 high BP: 160 and above over 100 and above

Monitoring your BP at home offers several benefits. It helps in early diagnosis. The only way to know whether your lifestyle changes or your medications are working is to check it regularly. Taking your won measurements can result in better control. By self monitoring a person motivated to control hypertension with an improved diet, physical activity and proper medication use. The long term risks are heart attacks, circulatory problems and kidney failure. It is also one of the most common causes of strokes. The common causes are obesity, over consumption of alcohol, smoking, lack of exercise and stress. Hypertension can also be hereditary. A person can reduce it by implementing small changes in their lifestyles like:

  • It is advised to eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruit; fresh vegetables, Fruits and vegetables are rich in potassium and avoid fats.
  • Alcohol intake may increase the risk of high BP. Try to reduce alcohol intake.
  • Live stress free life and include exercise in your daily routine.
  • Try to avoid smoking.
  • Try to reduce intake of salt in your diet.

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A blood pressure monitor is a device which is used to measure blood pressure. It is composed of an inflatable cuff which is wrapped around the upper arm. When the cuff is inflated it restricts the blood flow and mechanical manometer measure the pressure. Now a day there are many ways by which a person can reduce hypertension. BP monitoring is important because the higher the BP is, the higher the risk of health problem in future. Regular checking at home is an important part of managing hypertension. Home monitoring can help you to make certain your medication is working and alert you to potential health complications. Home monitoring is an easy step you can take to improve your condition. It is said that  where there is a will, there is a way. Will-power is the greatest driving force. It helps to get through all the difficulties in life.

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This article was published on 2012/12/17