Ignorance is bliss, right? Not for blood pressure.
Every year, the 17th May is dedicated to World Hypertension Day (WHD), a day committed to raising awareness of high blood pressure. Currently, over 16 million people in the UK are suffering from the condition and some are completely unaware that they have it. Headaches, dizziness and even anxiety are all early warning signs, but the best way to diagnose hypertension is by going to the GP. Leave it unchecked and you could be putting yourself at risk of a whole host of cardiovascular diseases such as coronary artery disease, angina or stroke.
Blood pressure is a measure of the force that your heart uses to pump blood around your body.*
*It is displayed as two numbers; systolic or diastolic. Systolic is the pressure your blood exerts when the heart is beating, and diastolic when the heart is at rest.
What causes high blood pressure?
- Excessive salt intake
- Lack of exercise
- High levels of saturated fat
- Lack of fruit and vegetables
What is a healthy blood pressure?
An ideal blood pressure is more than 120/80 and less than 140/90 mmHg. Hypertension, therefore, arises when your blood pressure goes above 140/90 for a long period of time. There are many lifestyle changes you can make to help lower blood pressure such as increasing exercise, cutting back on salt, losing weight and eating a healthy balanced diet. You can also up your certain vitamins and minerals for the most effective way to naturally lower your risk of hypertension.
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