How to reduce blood pressure


Everyone has 'blood pressure

 It is a measure of how hard your heart has to work in order to pump blood around your body.

Normal blood pressure levels:

The 'normal' level is usually said to be 120 (systolic) over 80 (diastolic), although this varies with age, stress and activity. If your blood pressure is higher than 140/90, you should have a chat with your doctor.

How to find out if your blood pressure is high:

A person with high blood pressure can look and feel perfectly OK. There are usually very few obvious symptoms. The only way to know what your blood pressure is, is to have it measured. So if you haven't had it checked in the last couple of years, get it checked. If you are aged 40 or over, you should get it checked about once a year, especially if you smoke or suffer from obesity or drink to excess.

If you have high blood pressure:

The most important thing is, DON'T PANIC   High blood pressure is relatively common and is caused by a variety of factors. Fortunately, it usually responds very well to proper treatment, so don't worry!

Causes of high blood pressure:

Usually, there is no single cause. A variety of factors are involved:

The effect of high blood pressure:

High blood pressure adds to the workload of the heart and arteries. Over time, this can lead to an increased likelihood of heart attacks and strokes.

Guidelines for Reducing High Blood Pressure:

*Family history of high blood pressure - If you have a family history of high blood pressure and your own blood pressure is high, your doctor may recommend drug treatment. This will usually be for life, although the risk of a stroke or heart attack is usually greatly reduced.

*No family history - If your blood pressure is high but you don't have a history of high blood pressure in your family, your doctor may still recommend drug treatment. However, in most cases, your doctor will advise you to adopt a healthier lifestyle along the following line:

Quit smoking:
Smoking and high blood pressure are two serious factors for heart disease and stroke. Smoking 20 cigarettes a day gives you twice the normal risk of a heart attack and five times the risk of a stroke.

*Avoid being overweight:

High blood pressure and stokes are twice as common in obese people. Diabetes is four times more common in middle-aged obese people.

*Eat less salt, and more fruit & vegetables:

Switch to low-sodium brands of salt. Don't add too much salt to food, especially processed food  processed food often contains high levels of salt. Spice your food with other ingredients.

 Make lots of home-made soup disguises the taste of green vegetables  and eat lots of chopped fruit chopped fruit is less frightening than whole pieces of fruit.

it is also necessary to visit a doctor every three months for blood pressure check up