Top 5 Myths about High Blood Pressure

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We have heard it all before: "High blood pressure causes heart disease." The guidelines and treatments for high blood pressure (BP) have become so ingrained and commonplace that we tend to take it for granted. But, like most health issues, many cases go undiagnosed or under-treated. Here are facts and myths about blood pressure and its treatment.

Anything below 140/90 is normal

The most recent National Health, Lung, and Blood Institute guidelines set systolic BP of less than 120mmHg and diastolic BP of less than 80mmHg (i.e. less than 120/80) as normal.  This is significantly different than the old standard of 140/90 your doctor may still be using.

You need prescription drugs

The fact is many natural treatments are equally effective as compared to drugs, especially when used in combination, such as regular exercise, proper sleep ( seven to eight hours per night), and Vitamin D supplementation.

Only men need to worry

Unfortunately, the very opposite. High blood pressure affects men, women and children, young and old.

Salt is the main culprit

While table salt and sodium, found in soup, processed meats and frozen foods, can raise blood pressure, there are many other factors that increase the risk of high blood pressure, including family history, age, obesity and diet, certain diseases, among others.

You will always have physical symptoms

High blood pressure is a silent disease and can strike without presenting any symptoms. This is why everyone is encouraged to get regular check ups, watch their diet, and make exercise a priority. A healthy lifestyle is the best defense against high blood pressure and hypertension.