If you are currently middle-aged, you face a 90% chance of developing high blood pressure … at some time in the next decade.
Others at risk for developing high blood pressure are the overweight, those with a family history of high blood pressure.
And, others like me, who have (or had) a high-normal blood pressure (130–139/85–89 mm Hg).
The bad news is that in most cases the cause of high blood pressure is not really understood. The good news is, with the right treatment and lifestyle choices high blood pressure can be controlled – managed.
About 90 percent of people with high blood pressure have “essential” hypertension, meaning that the cause is unknown. It can strike anyone, regardless of age, sex, race, economic status, or background.
However, your chances of developing high blood pressure increase if you:
- have a family history of hypertension
- are African American
- a man over age 35
- or a woman past menopause
- are overweight
- or are sensitive to salt
Women have some special risks
Birth control pills can cause high blood pressure in certain women. If you are a woman with a b family history of high blood pressure, ask your health professional to take your blood pressure before prescribing birth control pills, and then have it checked every 6 months as long as you take them.
Your blood pressure changes constantly to adjust your circulation to your activities. It increases during exercise and decreases during sleep. During rest, the systolic, first number in a normal reading is less than 140, and the diastolic, second number is less than 90 (e.g., 139/89).
High blood pressure is caused by arteriosclerosis (“hardening” of the arteries). A person is diagnosed as having high blood pressure if their blood pressure remains at 140/90 or more. Your physician will not make this diagnosis until you have been checked 3 or more times, and your blood pressure is found to be high each time.
In addition, lifestyle changes can prevent and control high blood pressure. These include losing weight if overweight (losing 10 lbs can help), increasing physical activity (walking 30 minutes per day can help), following a healthy eating plan, that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy foods, choosing and preparing foods with less salt and sodium, and if you drink alcoholic beverages, drinking in moderation.
If lifestyle changes alone are not effective in keeping your blood pressure controlled, consult your health professional and consider attending a free introductory presentation on Vedic Meditation, and discover how to enjoy a better quality of life without medication and the harmful side effects.
Understanding High Blood Pressure – continued
What is High Blood Pressure?
Blood pressure rises and falls during the day. When blood pressure stays elevated over time, it is called high blood pressure or hypertension…
What Causes High Blood Pressure?
The causes of high blood pressure vary. Causes may include narrowing of the arteries, a greater than normal volume of blood, or the heart beating faster or more forcefully than it should…
Why is High Blood Pressure Important?
High blood pressure is dangerous because it makes the heart work too hard. It can increase your chance (or risk) of getting heart disease and/or kidney disease, and for having a stroke…
What is Systolic Blood Pressure?
Systolic pressure is the force of blood in the arteries as the heart beats. It is shown as the top number in a blood pressure reading…
What is Diastolic Blood Pressure?
Diastolic pressure is the force of blood in the arteries as the heart relaxes between beats. It’s shown as the bottom number in a blood pressure reading…
Monitoring Blood Pressure at Home
One of the greatest benefits of monitoring your blood pressure yourself is that you will have a much better understanding of your condition …
The Effect of High Blood Pressure on The Body
The effect of high blood pressure on the physiology is often underestimated. On this page, we take a brief look at the effect of High Blood Pressure on the brain, eyes, arteries, kidneys, and heart…
This website is intended for people who are interested in learning more about preventing and controlling high blood pressure – naturally.
The information contained on this site is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical Advice.
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