Too much salt, too little potassium , and too much alcohol have all been found to increase the risk of high blood pressure. Too much stress and too little physical activity both increase the danger of developing high blood pressure, as does being overweight or obese. And as with many chronic illnesses, high blood pressure also tends to run in families, suggesting that genetics play a role. In some patients, high blood pressure is related to other medical problems or can be a side effect of certain drugs. This form of the disease is called secondary hypertension, because it happens secondary to other medical conditions. High blood pressure is usually diagnosed using the familiar blood pressure test that involves a cuff wrapped around the upper arm. The cuff is inflated and then sensors measure the pressure of blood beating against the arteries.
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Blood Pressure: How to Treat Hypertension Naturally
The good news is that there are natural ways to treat hypertension. Weight One of the best things that you can do to lower your blood pressure is lose weight. Losing ten pounds of weight can make a big difference. In general, the more weight you lose, the better your blood pressure will be. Talk to your doctor to understand what your ideal weight should be. Exercise Regular physical activity can lower your blood pressure as much as 10 points. The current recommendations for physical activity suggest 30 to 60 minutes of aerobic exercise five to six days per week. If you havent been active recently, start slowly and build up to this amount of exercise. Your doctor can work with you to design an activity plan that will work for you. Diet There are many ways to change your diet to reduce your blood pressure. The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) Diet is one approach to help decrease blood pressure. Following this diet can reduce blood pressure by 14 points. This diet is high in vegetables, fruits and whole grains and low in dairy and saturated fat.
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