Hypertension or high blood pressure occurs when the heart has to work harder than normal to circulate your blood through your body. Several things can cause high blood pressure. Your blood may become thicker due to the number of fats and lipids it contains. In most cases, there is no single cause but many different factors that have accumulated over the years.
Kidney problems and constructive sleep apnea are just two of the common causes of secondary hypertension that can make it harder for the heart to function efficiently. Drinking and smoking are two activities that you can control that also affect the how well the heart performs. Making positive lifestyle changes can help reduce your risk of hypertension, strengthening your heart and allowing it to function as it should.
If hypertension hasn’t reached an advanced stage, you may be able to reduce your numbers by making substantial lifestyle changes. Including more servings of fish and other foods that are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids will help to lower your blood pressure numbers. Avoid eating fried, fatty, or heavily processed foods that are devoid of nutrients.
When it comes to exercise, increase the number of times you exercise to at least three or four times a week. On the days you don’t exercise, go for a walk or take a leisurely swim. Any physical activity that increases your heart rate will help it grow stronger and more resistant to chronic heart disease that occurs over time.
Along with the measures you can take on your own, Dr. Salem can also prescribe medications that help to lower your cholesterol numbers and bring your high blood pressure back into a normal range. In addition to prescribing these medications, it’s important to understand that if you don’t take additional steps to control your high blood pressure, the medications won’t be as effective.
Once you’ve been diagnosed with high blood pressure, it’s important that you take the initiative and re-evaluate your lifestyle. Include healthier foods in your diet. Stop smoking. Exercise on a regular basis. Eliminate stress by using relaxation techniques or taking up a hobby that allows you to relax and decompress after a long day at work.
Your health is in your hands. By working with Dr. Salem, you can bring your blood pressure back under control and live a healthier, more active life.
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