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High Blood Pressure

Post by Afra on 13th June 2010, 11:58 pm

What is high blood pressure?

Arteries are like hoses that carry blood from your heart to the rest of your body. If you put a crimp in a hose, pressure builds up inside it. High blood pressure (also called hypertension) occurs when your blood moves through your arteries at a higher pressure than normal.

What do the numbers mean?

Blood pressure is really two measurements, separated by a slash when written, such as 120/80. You may also hear someone say a blood pressure is "120 over 80."

The first number is the systolic blood pressure. This is the peak blood pressure when your heart is squeezing blood out. The second number is the diastolic blood pressure. It's the pressure when your heart is filling with blood--relaxing between beats.

A normal blood pressure is less than 120/80. High blood pressure is 140/90 or higher. If your blood pressure is between 120/80 and 140/90, you have what is called "prehypertension," which means that if you don’t take important steps, your blood pressure can turn into high blood pressure.

How is high blood pressure diagnosed?

Blood pressure is measured by placing a blood pressure cuff around your arm, inflating the cuff and listening for the flow of blood. Your doctor will measure your blood pressure at more than one visit to see if you have high blood pressure.

How often should I have my blood pressure checked?

After age 18, have your blood pressure checked at least once every 2 years. Do it more often if you have had high blood pressure in the past.

What problems does high blood pressure cause?

Both high blood pressure and prehypertension damage your blood vessels. This in turn raises your risk of stroke, kidney failure, heart disease and heart attack.

Does it have any symptoms?

Not usually. This is why it's so important to have your blood pressure checked regularly.

How is it treated?

Treatment begins with changes you can make to your lifestyle to help lower your blood pressure and reduce your risk of heart disease . If these changes don't work, you may also need to take medicine.

Even if you need to take medicine, making some changes in your lifestyle can help reduce the amount of medicine you must take.

Lifestyle changes

  • Don't smoke cigarettes or use any tobacco product.
    • Lose weight if you're overweight.

    • Exercise regularly.

    • Eat a healthy diet that includes lots of fruits and vegetables and is low in fat.

    • Limit your sodium, alcohol and caffeine intake.

    • Try relaxation techniques or biofeedback.

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Re: High Blood Pressure

Post by Nimmi on 15th June 2010, 9:21 pm

Thank you.. Please keep sharing..
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Re: High Blood Pressure

Post by Afra on 16th June 2010, 3:54 am

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Re: High Blood Pressure

Post by Guest on 16th June 2010, 11:25 am

Awesome!!!!!!! please keep sharing. its really good information

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Re: High Blood Pressure

Post by D.M on 16th August 2010, 2:45 pm

nice sharing
Please keep sharing.
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Post by Flower on 23rd August 2010, 6:11 pm

thankx for sharing

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Re: High Blood Pressure

Post by Saaim on 28th August 2010, 5:35 pm

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