What is Blood Pressure?

Typically when you go to the doctor one of the first things they do is take your Blood Pressure. This is the measurement used to describe how fast your blood is traveling through your veins.

This rate depends on the amount of debris or build up in your arteries, as well as the size in reference to the diameter of your veins. When you have narrow arteries this can cause an increase in the resistance your blood has while flowing, causing an increase in your blood pressure.

What is Hypertension?

Hypertension, or high blood pressure is a condition which takes place when there is an unhealthy increase in your blood pressure. High blood pressure is very wide-spread in America. Around 75 million Americans are diagnosed with and living their daily lives with this condition.

Risks

  • An increased risk for heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Heart disease.

This illness is a progressive disease and can become worse every year if left untreated. It is considered a symptom-less disease, and has been called the silent killer. Typically if left unchecked there are no symptoms until it is completely out of control.

Weight loss programs usually go hand in hand with trying to control high blood pressure.

Ways to Prevent High Blood Pressure

  1. Annual Check-ups can offer early detection which is key in helping to keep your blood pressure in check.
  2. Exercise at least 4 times per week for around 30 minutes.
  3. Healthy Diet with an increase in leafy greens and a reduction in red meat and sodium can help to improve your over-all heart health.

Treatments For Hypertension

It is key to see your primary health physician if you believe you may have high blood pressure.

If left untreated Hypertension can lead to a greater risk of heart attack and stroke. Doctors typically treat hypertension in these ways:

  1. Medication
  2. Healthy Lifestyle changes including diet and exercise.