A few weeks ago I worked with an individual taking drastic steps to lower cholesterol and reduce heart disease risk. One of the changes she made was to cut dairy intake. I was concerned about this approach and why she believed this was an appropriate step to lower cholesterol levels. I want to make sure you're not confused about the role of dairy and calcium when it comes to heart health, specifically lowering blood pressure .
The link between calcium and blood pressure was noticed years ago when researchers realized people drinking hard water had less high blood pressure than those drinking soft water. Hard water contains more minerals, including calcium.
Individuals receiving more than 800 mg of calcium daily have a 23 percent decreased risk of high blood pressure versus those consuming less than 400 mg of calcium per day.
Back in 1996, scientists compiled all the research to date on calcium and high blood pressure. The results showed calc...
Complications Left untreated, hypertension will cause complications. People with untreated high blood pressure will not live as long as people with well treated blood pressure. Medications make a major difference in longevity and reduction of disability. There are several reasons for this. A consistently elevated blood pressure hastens the formation of plaque or fatty deposits within the blood vessels accelerating atherosclerosis (or hardening of the arteries) leading to an increased risk of heart attack or stroke. High blood pressure also puts a strain on both the blood vessels (they become thicker and more resistant to flow but also may have weak spots that cause them to dilate and for aneurysms) and the heart (it must thicken to deliver a harder flow, and requires more oxygen to do its job, eventually outstripping its supply and beginning to fail). The kidneys, which filter waste from the body, are also vulnerable to damage as a result of high blood pressure. Hypertension...
Hypertension is blood pressure that is often higher than 140/90 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg).
HBP; Blood pressure - high
Blood pressure can vary throughout the day and change with activity. A blood pressure measurement has two numbers:
The top (systolic) number is the blood pressure during the heartbeat.
The bottom (diastolic) number is the blood pressure between beats.
According to the American Heart Association, adults should normally have a blood pressure less than 120/80 mm Hg.
Pre-hypertension is when the top number is 120-139 mm Hg and the bottom number is over 80-89 mm Hg on most measurements. If you have pre-hypertension, you are likely to develop high blood pressure at some time in your life, unless you make lifestyle changes.
High blood pressure can affect all types of people. You have a higher risk of high blood pressure if you have a family history of the disease. High blood pr...
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