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Things that can be done to lower high blood pressure…

What is High Blood Pressure?
Arteries carry blood from heart to rest of the body. While carrying blood they put pressure on artery walls. This pressure is called blood pressure and high blood pressure occurs when your blood moves through your arteries at a higher pressure than normal.
The upper or first number in a blood pressure reading is the systolic pressure which is the peak blood pressure when your heart is squeezing blood out and the lower or second number is called the diastolic pressure which is the pressure when your heart is filling with blood relaxing between beats. A normal blood pressure is less than 120/80. Symptoms may include dizziness or dizzy spells, headache or nosebleeds.

Causes of High Blood Pressure
– Weight
– Activity level
– Use of tobacco
– Excessive sodium intake
– Stress
– Low potassium intake
– Age and alcohol consumption
– Diabetes
– Some causes are kidney disease, hormonal disorders, thyroid disease, adrenal gland disease, and the use of certain drugs.
The complications that are caused by high blood pressure are narrowing of the arteries, stroke, heart attack, heart failure, kidney failure or eye damage.

Things that can be done to reduce high blood pressure
– Reducing your salt intake, eating more fruit and vegetables and keeping to alcohol limits will lower your blood pressure.
– Being more active and taking regular exercise lowers blood pressure by keeping your heart and arteries in good condition.
– Being the right weight lowers blood pressure because your heart doesn’t have to work so hard.
– Try Yoga, it will reduce stress.
– Eat a healthy and well balanced diet.
– Limit the intake of alcohol.
– Avoid tobacco products and secondhand smoke.
– Cut your caffeine intake.
– Have cholesterol and triglycerides checked regularly.
– Increase your fiber intake.

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