The best way to describe blood pressure is that it is the amount of pressure forcing the blood against the artery walls within your heart and its arteries. When the heart beats, the blood is pumped into your arms. The diastolic and the systolic are the two numbers read to provide your blood pressure reading. Diastolic is the number reached when the heart is at rest between beats and the systolic is the number reached when your heart beats or pumps.
If you have a blood pressure of 140/90 or higher, you are considered to have high blood pressure. Unfortunately, there are no symptoms that go along with high blood pressure. There are millions of people walking around every day without a clue that they have high blood pressure and they are risking such things as kidney failure, stroke, and heart attack. It is vitally important for everyone to monitor their blood pressure and be their own advocate for good health. Learn how to take your own blood pressure at home or be sure to see your primary health care professional on a regular basis to check your blood pressure and other factors that may become a serious health problem.
Certain medical conditions can cause this problem, including kidney disease, adrenal tumors, congenital conditions, some medications as well as some over the counter medications.
As we age, the risk increases and for women it is more common to develop this condition after menopause occurs. Also, certain races more commonly suffer this condition and they are Black and Native American more so than Caucasian people. The problem can also be seen in families, especially those who are overweight or obese. People who are obese are usually not physically active and that adds to the potential of hypertension. You heart is a muscle and in order to maintain any muscle it needs to be exercised.
Smoking, drinking, anxiety, stress, and ingesting too much sodium greatly enhance the risk factors.
There are medications that can be prescribed to control hypertension; however, the information provided above it is plain to see how you can manage your own by maintaining the proper weight, stop smoking, stop drinking too much, get enough exercise, watch your sodium intake, and eat a healthy diet. You can also add a natural dietary supplement like fish oil to your territory. This is not magic; you can be your very own advocate the choice is up to you. There is nothing to be done for aging or for your particular race, but if you take the proper precautions and take good care of yourself you can improve your blood pressure. If you do all of this, you can possibly avoid taking medications.
As always, check with your primary health care provider before adding any supplement to your diet. This is especially important if you are taking any prescribed medication. There could be problematic interactions if you are not careful.