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Dealing with Hypertension

Many people suffer from hypertension (also known high blood pressure). Blood pressure is essential to move blood from your heart through your veins and arteries. But when the pressure is too high it can become dangerous, making your heart work harder and increasing your risk for heart problems, such as heart attacks and strokes. Hypertension may also increases your potential risk for various problems
such as kidney disease even blindness.

It is often difficult to determine what hypertension. It can be a variety of factors which we will discuss, but sometimes it may be caused by medication that you are taking. This is then called secondary hypertension. It is usually impossible to know if you have hypertension and this is why regular visits to your doctor are imperative. You need to get your blood pressure checked in order to determine if you are in a safe range.

The good news is that hypertension is treatable. If you change your eating habits and make sure you get plenty of exercise you should be able to reduce your blood pressure. Your doctor may also prescribe certain medications that can help to lower your blood pressure but you should make these lifestyle changes as well. Reducing stress and learning how to deal with it is also beneficial.

Hypertension affects more those who are overweight. Thus, along with other lifestyle changes you also have to try to reduce your weight. Research has revealed that even a 10 pound drop in weight goes far in lowering your high blood pressure. Of course reducing weight is not an easy task and takes time to happen. You will have to be patient in the mean time.

Weight loss will have to be planned and programmed to suit your needs. To do so you can hire a personal trainer and get enrolled in a gym. There are various machines in the gym with which once you are familiar you can work easily. All this will also make you more active.

If your eating habits are poor, you may want to consult with a nutritionist. They may ask to you write down for a week what you’re eating; based on this information they will then come up with a plan that you can stick to. Nothing is more alarming than the prospect of trading a favorite food like chicken fingers for carrot sticks. Nutritionists can offer suggestions to make the transition to eating healthy smooth and simple.

If you smoke you need to quit. It’s as simple as that. There is no excuse for smoking and no health benefits whatsoever which can cause only serious problems. Smoking raises your blood pressure and creates dangerous hypertension. You need to quit as soon as possible, not only for your health but also for the health of those around you. Second hand smoke is extremely dangerous as well. Be sure to talk to your doctor about different options to help you quit smoking since you don’t need to do it on your own.

Hypertension is a very serious condition but it is treatable. You need to start making changes in your lifestyle today to combat the potentially dangerous problems that go hand in hand with hypertension. Even if you don’t have hypertension you should quit smoking, start exercising, and start eating healthy. Stopping health problems before they start is the best way to ensure you stay healthy and happy.

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