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Exercise vs Medication – Best way to lower blood pressure

Regulating your blood pressure is extremely important. If you have been diagnosed with Hypertension (High Blood Pressure), your doctor will most likely order immediate lifestyle changes and prescribe a combination of medications to get your body back on track.

High blood pressure can be linked to many factors, most often an unhealthy lifestyle. This could be from being sedentary and not exercising, to eating too much junk food.

The higher your blood pressure, the higher your risk of having a stroke or heart attack.

 

How is my blood pressure measured?

Blood pressure is determined both by the amount of blood your heart pumps and the amount of resistance to blood flow in your arteries. The more blood your heart pumps and the narrower your arteries, the higher your blood pressure, Mayo Clinic explains. Extremely high blood pressure — a top number (systolic pressure) of 180 mm of mercury (mm Hg) or higher or a bottom number (diastolic pressure) of 120 mm Hg or higher — can damage blood vessels.

How do you keep your blood pressure at a healthy level?

Cut the salt!

Salt is a known culprit in causing blood pressure spikes, and many people who suffer from hypertension are advised to leave salt out of their diet completely.

Don’t add salt to food when cooking or at table.

Also bear in mind that most foods, especially processed foods, already contain loads of salt, before you even add any.

Salt is a common preservative and goes by a number of names such as sodium. Always check the label of your food.

 

Eat fresh

Swapping out the added salt and sugar and opting for natural fruits and vegetables will make a world of difference to your blood pressure and your overall health.

Blood Pressure UK recommends that Adults should eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables every day. A portion is 80 grams, or roughly the size of your fist.

 

Alcohol in moderation

Many people believe that red wine lowers blood pressure. This has been a myth for the last decade, and as with most rumours, some people have shared this as medical fact.

The truth is, scientists and doctors are still trying to understand the connection between red wine and a healthy heart.

 

There’s no definitive evidence that red wine lowers blood pressure. In fact, alcohol in fact raises blood pressure. But since alcohol tends to relax people, it may lower your blood pressure slightly — although only for a short period, and it won’t help with chronic hypertension says UPMC Health Beat. Talk to your doctor about other ways you can lower your blood pressure, like exercising moderately and eating a diet rich in healthy fats.

 

Does medication help with blood pressure?

 

Medication is a tricky subject when it comes to hypertension. The best way to handle hypertension is by doing a complete lifestyle overhaul, though medication is also used, but not without side effects.

There are a variety of classes of high blood pressure medications on the market today, and your specific prescription will depend on what your doctor believes is right for you. It’s important to discuss all of the drugs you take with your doctor and understand their desired effects and possible side effects such as weakness, leg cramps or being tired may result. Eating foods containing potassium may help prevent significant potassium loss. Some people suffer from attacks of gout after prolonged treatment with diuretics. Never stop taking a medication and never change your dose or frequency without first consulting your doctor.

You can have high blood pressure (hypertension) for years without showing any symptoms. Even without symptoms, damage to blood vessels and your heart continues and can be detected. Make sure you are covered by a medical insurance like Affinity Health so that you can have the necessary tests and procedures to control your BP.

Uncontrolled high blood pressure increases your risk of serious health problems, including heart attack and stroke.

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