Important Blood Pressure Infographic
This infographic contains some crucial information about blood pressure. Have you heard that high or indeed very low blood pressure is a silent killer? You may not necessarily know that you have dangerously high blood pressure until you are being carted off into the operating theater due to a cardiac arrest!
Find out what adjustments you need to make to keep yourself healthy. Please read and share the information.
Blood Pressure – Why Is It So Important?
Apart from the pressure exerted from our hearts to pump blood throughout our entire body, the blood vessels that run throughout our body exert a certain amount of pressure to keep itself intact. In cases of high blood pressure, the heart is exerting too much force for the blood vessels to handle. These blood vessels are very sensitive, and compromising its integrity with pressure it can’t handle can cause it to harden or even break. You could suffer a heart attack or a stroke if the pressure gets too high for your blood vessels to handle.
Blood Pressure Factors:
Lifestyle and genes are the two main contributors of how high or how low your blood pressure can go. If you have a family member that suffers from high blood pressure, there’s a chance that you can be suffering from the same thing. It’s also very possible for you to have high blood pressure even if none of your family members suffered from it because of your everyday diet and activities. This is mainly why blood pressure is so important; if you don’t live a healthy lifestyle, your blood pressure will eventually become abnormal. Although almost certainly, if you live a healthy lifestyle, your blood pressure will be normal.
Excessive alcohol intake, a stressful work and home environment, smoking, lack of physical activity intense enough to make your heart pump, and poor diet can cause your blood pressure to rise without you even knowing it.
Other factors that can contribute to high blood pressure are diseases that affect the heart, the liver, or the kidney, as well any given medication that you’re taking. Your hormone levels, weight, as well as how much salt you intake also affects your blood pressure.
How To Get Your Blood Pressure Under Control
Major lifestyle changes need to take effect in order for your blood pressure to lower to an acceptable level. Moderate to high intensity exercises that last for a minimum of 30 minutes are highly recommended even for those who are not predisposed to hypertension to keep their blood pressure in check.
Eating a high fiber, high potassium diet will also help lower your blood pressure. Eating food spiced with ginger, panax ginseng, cardamom, onions, garlic, and Chinese hawthorn may help prevent further elevation of your blood pressure, but keep in mind that this strategy alone probably won’t lower blood pressure. A healthy balance is required for better numbers. It goes without saying that quitting smoking and keeping alcohol intake moderate will aid greatly in controlling your blood pressure.
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