The Dangers Of High Blood Pressure
What Is Blood Pressure?
Blood pressure determines the force of the blood that pushes against the arteries walls. Blood pressure can be measured to determine if the force is just right or if it need attention. The first number measured is called the systolic, you often hear it referred to as the top number. This number measures the pressure in which your hearts pumps out the blood. The second number measured is called the diastolic blood pressure, you often hear it referred to as the bottom number. This number determines the pressure in which the heart is filling up with blood. The ideally, normal blood pressure is 120/80 that is having a systolic or top number less than …show more content…
However, some people will have a headache, nausea, vomiting, mental confusion, frequent urination, or shortness of breath during light activities and exercise. High blood pressure is a major health concern and should be treated right away to avoid further complications. If high blood pressure is not treated in a reasonable amount of time it could lead to a stroke, heart problems, eye problems, kidney failure, and many other health concerns.
Low Blood Pressure
Low blood pressure could be just as dangerous as high blood pressure if you experience, light-headedness, fainting, dizziness, or visual changes. Your blood pressure can drop below normal values if you take too much blood pressure lowering medications, if you lose a large amount of blood, or if you do not drink enough liquids to keep your body well hydrated.
Risk Factors We Can Not Change
High blood pressure could affect anyone, however, some people have a higher chance of developing it because of one or more of the following risk …show more content…
Avoid eating foods that contain a high amount of sodium such as canned goods, pork, and processed foods. You should eat fresh fruits and vegetables, low-fat foods, and food rich in whole grains.
Weight: If you are obese or overweight your chances of high blood pressure increases. You should consider losing weight to decrease your risk.
Exercise: It is recommended that you exercise at least 30 minutes every day; you can take a walk, swim, or jog. However, you should always check with your doctor first before performing any exercises, you may have a condition that prevent you from participating in certain activities.
Alcohol: If you consume alcohol you should decrease the amount you drink. Men should consume no more than two drinks per day, while women should not have more than one.
Smoking: You always hear how smoking is bad for your health, well here is another reason to quit. Smoking increases your chances of getting high blood pressure as well as, other diseases.
Stress: Relax and do not allow yourself to become stressed out; especially about things you cannot