High blood pressure is when the force of blood pushing the artery walls is increased and as a result, causing the heart to work harder than it really should.
But, when a person suffers high blood pressure, the heart has to work harder to circulate blood and this may eventually lead to other problems like hardening of the arteries or heart failure.
Several studies has shown that high blood pressure was a primary or contributing cause of 42 percent deaths in 2015. However you can prevent a sudden death caused by hypertension through early detection and constant monitoring.
A blood pressure reading has a top number (systolic) and bottom number (diastolic). The ranges are:
Normal: Less than 120 over 80 (120/80)
Prehypertension: 120-139 over 80-89
Stage 1 high blood pressure: 140-159 over 90-99
Stage 2 high blood pressure: 160 and above over 100 and above
High blood pressure in people over age 60: 150 and above over 90 and above
The exact causes of high blood pressure are not known, but several factors and conditions may play a role in its development, including:
2. Pregnant women
3. Women who take birth control pills
4. People over the age of 35
5. People who are overweight or obese
6. People who are not active
7. People who drink alcohol excessively
8. People who eat too many fatty foods or foods with too much salt
9. High blood pressure can be controlled or even cured by taking some measures to reduce the causative factors.
Some of the steps to take in order to cure hypertension without necessarily taking medications include:
1. Lose weight; shedding a few pounds might go a long way in helping to cure high blood pressure
2. Increased physical activates; you should make it a goal to exercise 30 to 40minutes daily.
3. Improve on your diet; focus on foods with lots of fiber, vegetables and potassium, avoid carbs.
4. Reduce consumption of excessive alcohol; try and reduce or stop the consumption of excessive alcohol because it has a negative impact on the blood pressure.
5. Quit smoking; try and quit your smoking habit to avoid ingestion of high amount of nicotine, which affects the arteries and causes hypertension.