Health guide for many
Now, where do you start? By measuring your blood pressure, that is!
Most people do not think about the blood pressure until it encounters problems. Even if you seem to have no problems, you should know how much your pressure, given that a third of people who have higher blood pressure are unaware, is.
Hypertension can lead to heart disease, the brain, eye and kidney, and can lead to heart attack or stroke, shock rock or thickening of blood vessels (atherosclerosis). It suffers from at least one fifth of the total population!
Who is at greatest risk?
If you are under 55, then know that hypertension is more common in men, but those aged between 55 and 64 are equally affected by these health problems, regardless of gender. In slightly older group (people older than 65 years), most at risk are exposed women. If someone in your family has high blood pressure, the greater the likelihood that you have it and you.
Excess weight and obesity and older age increases the risk of high blood pressure.
What do certain blood pressure levels look like?
Normal blood pressure is 120/80. The upper (systolic pressure) creates a heart pumping blood through the arteries. The lower (diastolic) pressure is the pressure in the arteries as the heart relaxes between beats. Blood pressure changes during the day, and over a longer period of time, which means that the value may not necessarily be the same every day. They will depend on the physical activity, the degree of stress, emotion, time of day (morning is usually higher than in the evening) and the like.
People with high blood pressure values have a six times greater risk of heart disease and blood vessels.
The diagnosis of hypertension is made when the blood pressure is higher than 140/90 mmHg at rest, over the long run. Read more on how to properly measure blood pressure in this article. Read more about lowering blood pressure here. Make use of the blood pressure calculator here.
Remember - if you believe that your blood pressure is too high you should always consult your personal doctor.