High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a common medical condition where the pressure applied by the blood on artery walls is unusually high. This additional pressure can potentially cause artery damage leading to heart disease, kidney failure, aneurysm, damage to the eyesight and stroke along with other health complications over the long term.
Blood pressure can vary during the day due to factors such as excitement, stress, physical activity and can also settle down soon. Blood pressure level changes with age too. Early detection and intervention with a doctor and other medical professionals can help manage and cure this condition in most individuals. The longer high blood pressure is present and the higher it is, the more likely it is that damage will occur.
Some common causes for this are aging, being overweight, sedentary lifestyle, excessive alcohol consumption, high salt consumption, family history of hypertension, smoking, high caffeine intake, smoking, certain chronic medical conditions i.e. kidney disease, diabetes, etc.
As mentioned earlier this condition is mostly curable, it can be managed through a combination of medications along with lifestyle changes, there are a wide variety of medicines that are available. It is important to consult a doctor for regular checkups as there are usually no signs and symptoms of hypertension until the condition has been present for a long time.
Below are some lifestyle changes that one can incorporate to help with high blood pressure
- Maintaining a healthy body weight helps with managing your blood pressure. Eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly helps with managing your ideal body weight, consulting a dietitian is very important with such medical conditions, as they can work with you to ensure you have the required support and scientific guidance to lose and manage your weight effectively.
- Reducing your stress levels helps to manage your blood pressure effectively. Pick activities that help manage stress better like playing a sport, gardening, painting, go for a walk or swim, listening to calm music, meditation, etc.,
- Stop smoking immediately, there are many programs available that can support you with this.
- Reducing salt, alcohol and caffeine intake can also help with managing your blood pressure levels.
While high blood pressure is difficult to prevent, maintaining your body weight through a healthy lifestyle along with monitoring and early detection can help with managing blood pressure effectively.
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NOTE: This article is a general guideline only, it is always important you seek expert guidance from a health professional to manage your individual requirement.