Managing Your Blood Pressure

Every doctor visit always starts out with taking your blood pressure. But do you know what blood pressure means and why it is so important to your overall health? Or what you need to do to manage your blood pressure?

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First, blood pressure refers to the pressure and the force of the blood against the artery walls. High blood pressure or hypertension occurs when the force of your blood against the artery walls is too high. When this happens your heart is working harder than it should be make sure blood is being pumped to your arteries, which is then carried to the rest of your body. There are many factors that may be contributed to high blood pressure, including smoking, being overweight or obese, high sodium diet, lack of physical activity, high alcohol consumption, stress, genetics, older age, and family history. High blood pressure is a serious condition that can lead to even more serious problems such as a heart attack, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure, and blindness. These serious conditions make it imperative for you to manage your blood pressure so that you can live a long and healthy life.

If you are diagnosed with hypertension, consult with your doctor for the best advice on how to manage your blood pressure. In addition to consulting with your doctor, a few lifestyle changes may be in order. Adding regular exercise and eating a healthy balanced diet can help lower your blood pressure and strengthen your heart. Reducing stress in your life will also help. Determine what stress factors you have in your life and do your best to either eliminate the stress or learn how to deal with it with the help of daily meditation, a psychiatrist, or a good vacation.

If you have hypertension and you believe your high blood pressure is causing nausea, vomiting, headaches, dizziness, or blurred vision, see a doctor immediately. Make your health a priority today so that you may live a long and healthy life!

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