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It is estimated that one in four adults (approximately 50 million) in the United States has elevated blood pressure – and more than 30 percent of them are unaware of it. Since people with hypertension may not exhibit any symptoms, their high blood pressure is often undiagnosed until complications occur. It has been proven that blood pressure screening facilitates early diagnosis and treatment. Proper treatment clearly reduces the risk of the complications associated with hypertension. Blood pressure Blood pressure is the force exerted against artery walls as blood is carried through the circulatory system. The measurement of force is made in relation to the heart's pumping activity, and is measured in millimeters of mercury (mmHg). The higher number, or systolic pressure, is the measurement of pressure that occurs when the ventricle of the heart contracts or beats. The lower number, or diastolic pressure, is the measurement recorded between beats, while the heart is ...
I am just learning that I may have borderline high blood pressure and I am a big coffee drinker. What are the effects of coffee on your blood pressure? Caffeine is a stimulant. Caffeine speeds up the heart rate and increases blood pressure soon after consumption. It seems that the effects of caffeine on blood pressure are related to the baseline blood pressure. For example, those with high blood pressure would likely experience a greater increase than those with normal blood pressure from the same cup of coffee. An interesting effect of caffeine I see in some patients is the effect on daytime alertness. It is well known that caffeine helps prevent fatigue and sleep. The cycle some patients fall into is one where they consume caffeine several times per day when they feel tired or sleepy. Later that night they have difficulty falling or staying asleep. The next morning they awake feeling drowsy which persists until the first cup of coffee, and so on--a viscous cycle begin...
Exercise and losing weight are two things that can be done to naturally treat hypertension . Recently, new guidelines were released that highlight the importance of exercise in reducing high blood pressure.
Exercising for 30 minutes at moderate intensity to
get your heart pumping up to 70 to 85 per cent of your maximal rate on
most, or preferably all, days of the week is recommended for people
with hypertension. The 30 minutes of exercise can be at once, or
accumulated throughout the day - such as in three 10-minute walks.
Exercise can also help reduce the need for high blood pressure medication , and keep your blood pressure at a desirable level - less than 120/80mm Hg - as you age.
Improving your diet can also reduce your blood pressure and risk of stroke, coronary heart disease and heart attack.
Restrict your sodium intake to 1.5g/day (about 1
teaspoon). This will generally lower a person's blood pressure
regardless of whether he is suffering from hyperten...
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