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Why you need to have your blood pressure checked today!

April 15, 2015
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Had your blood pressure checked lately?

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You don’t have to be over 45 to check your Blood Pressure. Hypertension can be a silent killer as we don’t even know we have it.  Read why you need to have your blood pressure checked today.

If left unchecked, high blood pressure can have irreversible damage to the heart and kidneys which can lead to heart disease and kidney failure.  It can also result in a stroke.

You know of high blood pressure and you have probably heard the term hypertensionAre they one in the same?

In your normal day to day life, your blood pressure can fluctuate especially after stimulants such as coffee. So forget having your usual two to three double espressos before you go to the doctor and have your blood pressure checked!  Fluctuating blood pressure is not necessarily a problem.  The problem is when your blood pressure stays high consistently.  This is called hypertension.

When someone has hypertension their heart works harder than it should and the blood is being pumped around the body with more force than is ideal.

A 2010 Heart Foundation Survey found one in three Australians – roughly 3.5 million people – aged between 30 and 65 had been told by a doctor that they have high blood pressure.

This article details 10 things that can raise your blood pressure and you owe it to yourself to read it. http://www.abc.net.au/…/feat…/stories/2014/03/21/3968032.htm

So what steps can you take to reduce hypertension?

The first step is to make an appointment with your doctor to have your blood pressure checked.  Some pharmacies also provide this service.  The ideal reading is 120/80 however your doctor is the best judge.

If you are diagnosed with hypertension or high blood pressure, it is not all doom and gloom.  Apart from medication which may be the first option, you can take steps to lower your blood pressure by:-

  • blood pressure blogbeing aware – Family medical history can play a part so find out if anyone in your family has suffered from hypertension or other heart related disease.
  • reducing stress and anxiety in your life – Read some tips to Finding the right balance in your life or take up a yoga to help you learn to breathe and relax.
  • losing weight
  • exercising – 30 minutes of walking a day can help to reduce your blood pressure
  • changing your diet
  • STOP smoking
  • reducing your salt intake as sodium makes you retain water and so increases your blood pressure
  • increase your potassium intake by eating bananas, green leafy vegetables  and potatoes

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Don’t know where to start with exercising?  Read my 6 Steps to Starting an Exercise Program  which will get you moving.

Blood pressure machines can also be purchased for use at home with regular checks at the doctor or pharmacy when required.

I suffer from hypertension however, whilst I need to take medication I can usually keep it under control with my exercise and healthy lifestyle.  It can be done, you just need to make those adjustments.

Add having your blood pressure checked on your to do list for today – it could save your life!

Do you suffer from hypertension?  What do you do to keep it under control?  Share your comments below.

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5 Comments

  • Reply Debbie Rodrigues April 16, 2015 at 02:55

    Excellent point! Even though my pressure is low (frequently “too” low), I still have it checked on a regular basis. It is one of those small things that can make a huge difference.

    • Reply sue April 16, 2015 at 08:04

      Hi Debbie thanks for your comments. You make a good point too which I should have included – low blood pressure can be just as dangerous if too low. I’m loving your website. Have a lovely day!

  • Reply Suzi T April 22, 2015 at 15:41

    I have the opposite – my blood pressure is often low. When I am stressed it rises but because it then falls in normal range, nobody takes much notice! I try to stress less and I need to exercise!

    • Reply sue April 23, 2015 at 08:16

      Hi Suzi, yes that is a good point. Low blood pressure can be dangerous as well. Exercise is a great stress reliever. Thanks for your comments and have a lovely day!

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