High blood pressure is a
You can’t feel it – and without testing you won’t know it is there.
What does hypertension do?
Having chronic high blood pressure causes shear stress on our arteries and blood vessels – over time this causes damage to the arteries and capillaries which forms:
- Scarring and hardening of the arteries (Hardening further increases blood pressure)
- Ballooning of arteries (aneurysms)
- Reduced blood flow
- Blocked arteries that lead to heart attacks, strokes, kidney damage, eye damage etc
- Thickening of the heart (which causes poor function – progressing to heart failure)
What causes it?
Hypertension can be caused from:
- High cholesterol
- Poor diet
Whats is normal blood pressure?
Normal = 120 / 80 or under
Normal to high = 121 – 139 / 81 – 89
High = >140 / 90
Extreme >180 / 110
How to improve blood pressure
- Reduce salt and fat intake
- Reduce stress
(Walking for 30mins most days can reduce your blood pressure by 7/6 points – and only a 5 point change is about a 7% reduction in risk of death, 14% reduction in risk of stroke and 9% reduced risk or coronary heart disease)
Don’t let this silent killer get you
- Get regular checkups at your GP
- Eat healthy
- Exercise regularly
- And take your blood pressure medications if they are prescribed.