Hypertension

High blood pressure is a

SILENT KILLER

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
  • Smoking
  • Stress
  • Inactivity
  • Genetics
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
  • Exercise

(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.
Have fun in your health journey, and remember to stay true to yourself.
Authentic Health and Fitness.

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