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Are You At Risk of Having High Blood Pressure?!

Feb 1st, 2014

Category: Body

Are You At Risk of Having High Blood Pressure?!

High blood pressure—also known as hypertension—is a condition that increases the risk for heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, coronary heart disease, and other serious health problems. Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the inside walls of arteries. The harder your heart pumps and the narrower your arteries are, the higher your blood pressure rises. Over time, the wear and tear caused by untreated high blood pressure can damage your blood vessels and vital organs.

Ironically high blood pressure usually causes no symptoms, for this reason it is called the “silent killer”. If you were to experience any symptoms they would consist of dull headaches, dizzy spells, and nose bleeds, as well as some shortness of breath. If you were to experience any symptoms as such listed please contact a health professional immediately.

There are a few aspects in life that may cause high blood pressure. Divided into two categories, the first, primary hypertension consists of Buildup of fatty deposits inside arteries (atherosclerosis), Excessive contraction of small arteries (arterioles), and thickening of artery walls. The second category, secondary hypertension, consists of kidney disease, hormonal disorders, heart defect, sleep apnea, pregnancy, drugs and supplements, obesity.

Your lifestyle choices can go a long way toward preventing high blood pressure. If you don’t have high blood pressure now, adopting healthy habits can reduce your risk of ever getting it. If you already have the condition, the same lifestyle can help lower your blood pressure and decrease your risk of developing serious complications.
• Healthy Diet
• Physical Activity
• Healthy Weight
• Moderate Alcohol
• Smoking Cessations
• Stress Management
• Moderate Caffeine

Take care of your body; after all it’s the only place you have to live.