Hypertension may be something you hear about a lot on news, commercials, and read about online. It is a common problem with a solution. You can reduce your risk of heart disease or stroke by lowering your blood pressure.
Hypertension simply means you have high blood pressure, which in turn places more stress on your heart leading to the possibility of illness. Doctors have healthy solutions to help lower your blood pressure, but in some cases they may also prescribe one of five medications to get your hypertension under control.
Diet is highly important to your health no matter who you are; however, when you have hypertension issues by eating less salt and more fruits and vegetables you can lower your systolic blood pressure from 8mmHg to 14mmHg. You may be able to lower it even further depending on the other solutions you decide to try.
Exercising more such as taking a 30 minute walk per day can reduce your systolic blood pressure by 4mmHg and up to 9mmHg. To put this in perspective along with the information about your diet, most individuals who are considered to have hypertension have a blood pressure of 140/90 mmHg. A healthy person’s blood pressure is generally 120/60 mmHg. A range between 90 and 120 for systolic blood pressure is desired by doctors.
Exercising and eating healthily will help you lose weight, which is extremely important. A meta analysis of 147 case studies looked at blood pressure drugs and preventing heart disease.
The study showed if you can lower your systolic blood pressure by 10mmHg and the diastolic blood pressure by 54mmHg it means you reduce your prevalence towards heart disease or stroke. The study indicated you could reduce heart disease by 25% and stroke by 30% if you lower your weight, eat better, and get exercise. Weight loss offers a reduction of 5mmHg to 20mmHg for your blood pressure.
There are five drugs often prescribed by doctors to help reduce your blood pressure when diet, weight loss, and exercise are not enough. Diuretics are water pills, which help your body excrete excess water and salt lowering your blood pressure by 15mmHg. Adrenergic receptor antagonists help reduce your levels by 17mmHg systolic and 10mmHg diastolic.
Calcium channel blockers, ACE inhibitors, and angiotensin II receptor antagonists can reduce your blood pressure between 13 and 16mmHG systolic and 10 to 11mmHg diastolic. These three medications reduce the heart’s contractions and can also dilate the arteries.