Millions of people currently live with undiagnosed high blood pressure, unaware that they are at risk. High blood pressure is a serious health condition that may not be obvious to notice, however it can increase your risk of having a stroke or developing coronary heart disease (CHD). Having a level of high blood pressure means that the pressure of your blood is continuously higher than it should be. While most of the time this is unnoticeable, it can cause the heart to become less efficient as a pump and overtime lead to heart failure.
What are the Causes of High Blood Pressure?
High blood pressure can be caused by a number of factors, the effects of which are usually combined:
- A hereditary predisposition to heart conditions or high blood pressure
- A lifestyle that lacks regular exercise
- A diet that is high in salt, cholesterol, sugars and saturated fats
- A high or regular consumption of alcohol or drinks high in caffeine
- Regular smoking of cigarettes
- Being obese or over a healthy weight
What Can Be Done to Prevent High Blood Pressure?
High blood pressure may be picked up by your doctor or physician, treating it can involve a number of lifestyle changes. However, making these lifestyle adjustments to your life right now can lower you risk of developing high blood pressure in the future. Here are a number of simple methods:
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet that is low in saturated fats.
- Lower your salt intake (this should be less than 6g per day)
- Reduce your alcohol consumption or even give it up completely
- Reach or maintain a healthy weight
- Establish a regular exercise routine (at least one hour per day of physical activity)
- Reduce your consumption of drinks with a high caffeine content (drink hot cocoa instead!)
- Find out if your family has a history of blood pressure related issues
- Practice meditation before launching into your day
- Reduce your stresses and manage your time effectively and conscientiously
- If you smoke or are exposed to people smoking, quit and move to other areas