High blood pressure is a common condition in which the force of the blood against your artery walls is high enough that it may eventually cause health problems, such as heart disease. About 1 in 3 adults in the United States has HBP, but many might not even know it. It is important to understand the disease and its causes to reduce one’s risk and improve quality of life.
Blood pressure itself is the force of blood pressing against the walls of the arteries. Blood pressure tests provide two different numerical results: first systolic pressure, and second diastolic pressure. Systolic measures blood pressure during heart beat, while diastolic measures the pressure when your heart is relaxed between beats. Normal blood pressure levels are a systolic level of less than 120 and diastolic level of less than 80, written as 120/80.
High blood pressure occurs when blood pressure levels are above 130/80. This condition has many causes, often including smoking, stress, family history, and high sodium intake. A person with high blood pressure may initially feel healthy, which is misleading. Although high blood pressure may not cause typical signs of illness, it is still incredibly serious and can lead to conditions such as heart disease, kidney failure, and stroke, among others. Therefore, it is very important to have your blood pressure checked regularly and actively take steps to lower your risk.
Fortunately there are many ways to help keep blood pressure levels in check:
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Exercise regularly
- Eat a balanced diet
- Add less salt to your food and choose low sodium options
- Drink less alcohol and don’t smoke
- Manage stress
If you feel you might be at risk for high blood pressure or need help managing or preventing it, visit a physician soon. They will be able to walk you through steps to make healthy changes and in some cases prescribe you medicine that can help get your blood pressure back to proper levels. By taking control of your blood pressure, you can reduce your risk for several other serious conditions down the line!
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