Steps You Can Take to Thwart Impending High Blood Pressure

Doctor taking young man's blood pressure

High blood pressure or hypertension is when the pressure it takes to circulate blood throughout your body from the heart to the arteries is above normal. Like many diseases, it tends to run in families and is compounded by poor food choices, lack of exercise and bad habits like smoking.

In some cases, hypertension will appear out of nowhere. It will surprise you particularly if you do not get yourself checked periodically. A trip to a clinic for adult medicine in Sandusky such as Family Health Services will be able to inform you if you have “prehypertension.”

This article explains the meaning of prehypertension and what you can do to prevent it from developing into high blood pressure.

Defining Prehypertension

Normal blood pressure is lower than 120/80.  Ever wondered why you get two numbers? The top figure, which is also greater in value, is known as the systolic BP.  It calculates the pressure of blood when your heart is pumping.

The lower figure, or the diastolic blood pressure, describes your blood pressure when your heart is at rest in between beats. If your reading is 140/90 or more, you have stage 1 hypertension.

If your systolic blood pressure is between 120 and 139, and your diastolic blood pressure reads between 80-89, you have prehypertension. It means you can still take steps to prevent high BP.  For more information, you can visit www.heart.org.

Keeping Blood Pressure Down

A lifestyle change can really keep doctors and medication away. Eating well means cutting down on carbohydrates and sugars particularly high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). HFCS is a cheaper alternative to sucrose (table sugar) found in many products like soda and prepackaged food.

You will also have to say goodbye to some of your favorites including bacon, alcohol, and pretty much anything fried. Try to develop a taste for healthier foods like bananas, tomatoes, spinach, soybeans and sunflower seeds.

In addition to eating well, get off the couch! Exercise does make a difference, and it is highly recommended even for those who are within their ideal body massage index. Finally, pace yourself. Avoid activities that distress you or rob you of a good night’s rest.