Know your Blood pressure!
Heart is the most hardworking organ, steadily pumping blood for the entire body. But if there was a resistance to the blood flowing into the arteries, then the heart may have to work harder to keep the blood moving. High Blood Pressure or Hypertension is a common condition, occurring when the force of blood against the artery wall is high, and this could lead to heart disease.
Two types of Hypertension:
- 1. Primary or Essential hypertension has no specific cause and is developed gradually over many years. Hypertension is mostly asymptomatic, until it reaches a serious stage. At an early stage one may experience dizziness, dull headaches and nosebleeds.
- 2. Secondary Hypertension is developed due to a specific health condition or a medication, and occurs suddenly shooting up the Blood Pressure to a rate even higher than the former case.
Risk factors: Age, race, family history, obesity, lack of exercise, tobacco, stress, cholesterol and other chronic conditions are all considered risk factors causing Hypertension. Diets with low potassium or excess of sodium and vitamin D are also considered risk factors. Often time pregnant women and children are prone for hypertension due to certain health factors.
Low Blood Pressure is an equally serious problem. Some of its signs are dizziness, fainting, dehydration and thirstiness, and these symptoms should never be ignored. Low Blood pressure commonly occurs during specific conditions such as the time of pregnancy, prolonged bed rest, loss of blood during a major trauma and with the use certain medications.
You should never ignore your heart health. Make life style changes today, to lead a heart healthy life!
- 1. Healthy diets with proper servings of whole grains, vegetables, fruits and low fat dairy foods.
- 2. Reduce salt and increase potassium in your diet.
- 3. Reduce total fat and saturated fat.
- 4. Be fit and active at least 30 minutes every day!
- 5. Manage stress! Learning Tai chi could help manage your stress! This is a Chinese self-defense method considered a gentle workout to reduce stress and promote physical activity.
- 7. Limit alcohol and quit smoking.
- 8. Monitor your Blood Pressure and practice relaxation.
- 9. Those diagnosed with high Blood Pressure or other risks for cardio vascular disease, should follow routine checkups and medical examinations, in addition to following a habit of healthy life style.
- 10. Talk to your physician about heart health!
A happy heart is a healthy heart! It does not take a great deal of effort to make changes, just a simple conviction to stay healthy!