High blood pressure is a pathology whose risk factors are well known. In addition to stopping smoking, increasing physical activity to tackle obesity and decreasing salt intake, diet and nutritional intake can also play a major role. | Forest Medical Equipment Calibration
Ideally, we should all have a blood pressure below 120 over 80 (120/80). This is the ideal blood pressure for people wishing to have good health. At this level, we have a much lower risk of heart disease or stroke. Most adults in the UK have blood pressure readings in the range from 120 over 80 (120/80) to 140 over 90 (140/90). If your blood pressure is within this range, you should be taking steps to bring it down or to stop it rising any further.
These figures correspond to the pressure of the blood at the moment when the heart contracts (systole) in order to propel the blood into the arteries and at the pressure of the blood at the moment when the cardiac cavities dilate (diastole) to accommodate the blood coming from the veins. This blood circulation can be disrupted if the blood volume increases or if the arteries and veins lose their flexibility.
Food is likely to be responsible (at least in part) for these changes. Consuming too much salt will promote the appearance of high blood pressure by increasing the volume of blood circulating in the body, and therefore increasing blood pressure. In addition, many dishes are not only salty but fattier (cold meats, cheese, processed dishes, etc.). Furthermore, excess saturated fats (of animal origin); substances which are known to promote the increase in blood pressure: i.e. alcohol and liquorice, reduces the level of potassium in the blood; as well as certain drugs (corticoids) and hormones (oestrogen).
While high blood pressure must be carefully managed, some non-drug alternatives may be very helpful in reducing blood pressure. In addition to stopping smoking and decreasing salt intake, diet can also play a major role.
Rich in potassium and soluble dietary fibre, many fruits and vegetables are a real asset to fight against high blood pressure. Much more than a simple accompaniment to your menus, fruits and vegetables must become the basic element of your meals! Garlic and celery are two foods often cited as an example for their therapeutic properties. The first fluidifies the blood circulation while the second promotes the elimination of salt. In any case, it is strongly advised to adopt a healthy and balanced diet.
The discovery of high blood pressure requires a complete assessment in search of its cause but also to assess its impact on the cardiac, renal, cerebral and ocular systems. The initial examination includes an electrocardiogram, a blood test (analysis of renal function, sugar level, cholesterol …) and a urine test. This first assessment already gives a good overview of the causes and repercussions of high blood pressure and depending on the severity, other examinations may be necessary: a Doppler ultrasound of large vessels to search for plaques and renal angiography to visualise the state of the renal arteries.
Public blood pressure machines, such as those found in pharmacies, may provide helpful information about your blood pressure, but they may have some limitations. The accuracy of these machines depends on several factors, such as a correct cuff size and proper use of the devices. Ask your doctor for advice on using public blood pressure machines.
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