it’s much better to prevent high blood pressure than to take a pill once it’s already there let’s learn what to do so when we look at blood pressure there’s two numbers but let me get my board out so I can explain it better to you okay so the top number is called systolic which is the pressure on your arteries during maximal contraction of your heart and the bottom number is called diastolic which is the pressure on your arteries when your heart is completely relaxed and if your blood pressure is constantly over 140/90.
then make sure to visit your doctors surgery so they can do a 24-hour blood pressure test on you high blood pressure damages your blood vessels throughout your entire body from your brain, to your eyes, to your lungs, to your heart, to your kidneys and many more normally I don’t like to be the healthcare professional who’s all doom and gloom but it’s really important to say that having high blood pressure can significantly increase your risk of having a heart attack a stroke heart disease and even kidney disease which is why high blood pressure is known as the silent killer.
because you have no symptoms until you have some serious complications and it’s been shown that having your blood pressure well controlled can reduce the risk of you having a heart attack or a stroke by 30% now there are lifestyle changes that you can make to lower your blood pressure naturally and they work exceptionally well to prevent you from getting high blood pressure so let’s begin the two bad habits that have proven to increase your blood pressure are heavy alcohol consumption and smoking and when we say heavy alcohol consumption that means that you’re drinking more than 14 units per week and to help you calculate this I’ve left a link in the below.
Eatwell guide link: https://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Goodfood/…
when we speak about smoking we mean smoking in any amount so do not smoke and do not drink heavily if you don’twant high blood pressure salt! just by reducing your intake to one teaspoon aday which is equivalent to 6 grams has been proven to reduce your blood pressure sleep! sleep deprivation has been shown to increase our blood pressure so try and get a minimum of 6 hours per night coffee! if you drink more than four cups a day it could increase your blood pressure so if you’re a big fan of coffee, tea or any other drinks that contain caffeine try to cut down and this is just water be more active so it’s 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise for at least five days per week and that also helps you reduce weight.
which all helps you reduce your blood pressure and it’s really cold so I’m going to get back to my running the NHS have also done a really good guide and it’s called the “eat well guide” and in this it gives you a breakdown of what to eat, how much to eat and how to fit your five a day of fruit and veg now all of these have been shown to help lower blood pressure so feel free to check it out link is in the description below and I always tell patients that it’s much better to prevent getting high blood pressure than to take a pill for it once it’s already there so follow these tips, live a healthy lifestyle and hopefully you won’t get high blood pressure thanks for watching please make sure to like,
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