Hi, this is Jane Brown.  I am here today to talk to you about the Blood Pressure health and how we can focus on prevention to avoid any challenges.

Many researchers have found that the only way to monitor your blood pressure and to keep it from escalating out of control, is to take blood pressure tests on a regular basis. There are so many factors, in how you live your life, that will determine if you have a high blood pressure. If you do not monitor your blood pressure on a regular basis to determine your normal heart rate, then you could run into problems later in life.  Keeping yourself healthy and knowing how your body works is the key to a long, happy life.

High blood pressure or Hypertension as it is known, is when the heart is under pressure to pump blood through the arteries.  Problems occur when you are under stress or working your body to hard, and the arteries are not opening wide enough to allow the blood to flow through freely.  When this happens, the blood backs up into your heart. This causes an overload of pressure to your heart and it works harder. If this happens daily, weekly and monthly, it causes a lot of wear and tear on the arteries.  The walls of the arteries break down and can not handle all the pressure.

High blood pressure is directly related to how much you exert yourself.  If you continue to exert yourself at an elevated level for too long and your system does not calm down, this is referred to as hypertension.

Your blood pressure system is sometimes referred to as a “thermostat”. In people who have high blood pressure the level is set too high and does not return to normal in a normal amount of time.

6 Possible Causes of High Blood Pressure:

  • Family history
  • Excessive Weight
  • Salt intake
  • Race
  • Intake of Alcohol
  • Personality Traits

Many people do not even know that they have high blood pressure.  There is a test where pressure is applied to your arm with a machine and this can determine how fast the heart is beating. The high number of the heart beat is called systolic.  As the pressure is released, the machine checks as the blood follows through your arteries and determines a low number.  This low number is called diastolic.

Each person’s blood pressure is dramatically affected by things like lifestyle, personality and stress levels.  If you are exercising, for example, your blood pressure levels will be high. However, if you are calm, the number will be lower. Even the sight of a doctor’s white coat can send someone’s blood pressure to sky rocket.  The important thing when having the test done is to stay calm.  Take a few deep breaths and calm down.  The reading will be more accurate.

As always check with your doctor if you think you may have problems with high blood pressure and take the test.

Systolic Diastolic
A Normal Person Below 120 Below 80
Pre-hypertension 120 – 139 80 – 89
Stage 1 Hypertension 140 – 159 90 – 99
Stage 2 Hypertension 160 and above 100 and above

5 Prevention Tips for Blood Pressure Health:

  1. Start to work on a system to control your weight
  2. Look at ways to reduce your stress levels
  3. Improve your lifestyle by including more exercise into your daily routine
  4. Reduce your intake of sodium
  5. Pay attention to fine-tuning your lifestyle (Eliminate alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine)

Be patient, and work on a healthier new lifestyle. This new lifestyle will become second nature to you and you will feel healthier and happier. We hope that you have enjoyed this article.

Have a Healthy Day,
Jane Brown

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