What is blood pressure
I would like to talk a little bit about blood pressure problems. It’s a really important topic for me because we have a family history of blood pressure disorders. My Mom and my younger brother have high blood pressure. Same as my mother in law. I think I’m the only one in the family who has a problem with low blood pressure. Not everyone can say what does blood pressure really means. So, when your heart beats, it pumps blood around your body to give it the energy and oxygen it needs. As the blood moves, it pushes against the sides of the blood vessels and the strength of this pushing is your blood pressure. As you can see it’s really important to keep your blood pressure on the proper level.
If you are not sure what pressure is good for your health you can check yours with the proper charts.
What kind of problem you can have?
So, basically, you have two blood pressure disorders: high blood pressure (hypertension) and low blood pressure (hypotension).
- Low blood pressure is a reading of 90/60mmHg or less. When you have a low blood pressure can feel sick, have dizziness and lightheadedness. Also, you can faint, being confused and have a blurred vision. Generally, when you feel weak you should check your pressure.
- High blood pressure is considered to be 140/90mmHg or higher. It’s hard to notice symptoms that’s why is so important to check the pressure from time to time. Untreated high pressure can lead to serious problems such as heart attacks and strokes.
What to do to keep your pressure under control?
There is a lot of simple ways to manage your pressure. You can easily reduce risk by eating healthy food, maintaining a healthy weight, exercise regularly, stop smoking and drinking too much alcohol. So, as you can see you can do it without any effort and without leaving your house. Mainly there are 7 steps that you should follow:
- Healthy diet– What does it mean? You should cut down on the amount of salt in your food and eat plenty of fruit and vegetables. Also, you should start to eat low-fat products that include lots of fiber – such as wholegrain rice, bread, and pasta.
- Limit your alcohol intake– men and women are advised not to regularly drink more than 14 units a week. Pus you should spread your drinking over 3 days or more if you drink as much as 14 units a week (NHS)
- Stop smoking– Smoking doesn’t directly cause high blood pressure, but it puts you at much higher risk of a heart attack and stroke. Why’s that? Because smoking will cause your arteries to narrow.
- Lose weight- Being overweight forces your heart to work harder to pump blood around your body, which can raise your blood pressure.
- Exercise regularly– Exercising can lower your blood pressure by keeping your heart and blood vessels in good condition. Plus your body looks better and you can lose weight so win win 🙂
- Say goodbye to caffeine! – Drinking more than 4 cups of coffee a day may increase your blood pressure! Tea and coffee shouldn’t be your only drinks during a day.
- Sleep tight– If it’s possible you should take at least 6 hours of sleep a night. Long time sleep deprivation may raise your blood pressure.
Keeping your pressure on a healthy level shouldn’t be hard as long you will be able to follow those steps. Small changes can make a big difference. Did you ever have to be worried about your blood pressure?