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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...
Much like heart attacks , strokes are due to a decreased blood flow through an artery. In a matter of seconds brain tissue begins to die if its blood supply is decreased. High blood pressure (hypertension) is a major risk factor for both heart attacks and strokes. Over time, those with hypertension are at risk of developing cholesterol buildup of their arteries. If this occurs in the heart, angina or heart attacks can result. In the neck or head, a stroke is possible. This is the most common type of stroke, known as an ischemic stroke. It is due to decreased blood flow through arteries to the brain. An artery can be blocked by cholesterol buildup (plaque) or sudden blockage from blood clotting inside the vessel ( thrombosis ). Alternatively, it can be due to a blood clot, thrombus, breaking of and traveling into smaller vessels to block their blood flow. This latter process is known as embolization. Another type of stroke is due to bleeding, known as a hemorrhagic str...
If you've been told you have high blood pressure you should be thankful for a timely diagnosis. For many people their high blood pressure goes undiagnosed years, and this can be a very dangerous situation.
Essential or primary hypertension It's thought that more than 9 in 10 people with high blood pressure have 'primary hypertension,' which means that there's no single clear cause of it.
However, it is known that certain factors in your lifestyle can contribute to developing the conditions, including:
Your family history
Being of Afro-Caribbean or South Asian origin
Being overweight or obese
Having an unhealthy diet
Drinking alcohol - especially if you binge drink
Lack of exercise
Secondary hypertension Around 1 in 20 people with high blood pressure have 'secondary hypertension'. This means it's linked to another cause, for example:
Kidney conditions such as kidney infection or kidney disease
Narrowing of the arteries
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