Left uncontrolled, High Blood pressure, will kill you in your tracks. Do you have hypertension and want to learn a little bit more about the terms? Do you not know a little bit more about hypertension? Perhaps you just want a few simple ways to help combat the effects of high blood pressure? Even if you know a little about Hypertension you should take a moment and learn just a little bit more about this deadly disease and ways to both combat it and hopefully keep from developing hypertension in the first place.
What is High Blood Pressure?
Blood pressure is the force of blood pressing up against the walls of the arteries. This elevated pressure over long periods of time is what you have heard referred to as High Blood Pressure and is also known as hypertension. All this extra work the heart does causes it damage and wears it down. It will create atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). All of this directly effects heart disease, stroke and aneurysms. Heart disease and stroke are the #1 and #3 causes of death in America. If you say, “Does it matter to know about hypertension?” I would answer, “Well, it will kill you if you don’t.”
Hypertension: Track Down the Silent Killer
Hypertension shows no warning signs. One moment you are fine, the next you are dead or dieing. That is why it is known as, “the silent killer.” Once it starts it will last a lifetime, although there quite a few things that you can do to keep hypertension under control.
The first step to controlling hypertension is to know if you have high blood pressure. Get your pressure checked regularly at the doctor’s office. If you have risk factors make sure you are checked at a doctor’s every 6 months AND by a portable Heart “machine” for weekly home use to get a feel for where your blood pressure is at any given moment.
The machine that measures BP is called a sphygmomanometer. It measures in millimeters of mercury (mmHg) and recorded as two numbers. Systolic pressure “over” Diastolic pressure. i.e. “140 over 80.” Home machines are not nearly as accurate as the doctor’s but should give you a rough idea if your pressure is rising if checked on a weekly basis.
Fighting High Blood Pressure
Many of the best ways to lower blood pressure naturally include some simple seeming ideas that independently do a little part to helping to combat the symptoms of high blood pressure. Many of the ways to fight high blood pressure are common and easy to figure out. Proper eating and exercise being too of the big beneficial things you can do to fight hypertension. Some things are a little harder to understand, like the red wine benefits that can actually increase heart health when imbibed in moderation.
There are also certain items like dark chocolate, that, while not particularly health, are known to have some positive benefits. Some of these include Garlic and Ginger, which are both known to have some very positive benefits for heart health.
It is important that if you have risk factor’s or family hereditary of hypertension that you keep a close eye on this condition, even if you do not present with high blood pressure right away. It can sneak up on you and as said in the intro, sometimes the first time that a problem is known about can be when it kills you.