High blood pressure or Hypertension has become more and more prevalent and today, nearly 1 in 2 American adults are hypertensive according to the American Heart Association. So, what is blood pressure and what does it mean when it’s high? Blood pressure is the combination of systolic (the first number) and diastolic (the second number) pressure. These numbers represent the amount of force of blood pushing through your blood vessels when your heart contracts and relaxes. The higher these numbers are, the harder your heart is working.
Here are the categories of blood pressure provided by the American Heart Association.
*When you see the yellow “Elevated” box, this is considered Prehypertensive and would prompt me to intervene to help clients begin decreasing their blood pressure, instead of waiting until they enter a Hypertensive category.
As mentioned above, high blood pressure occurs when the pressure on the arteries and blood vessels is so high that the arterial wall becomes compromised. This leads to extra stress and strain on the heart and overtime, can lead to increased risk of complications such as stroke, heart attack and diabetes. Unfortunately, most people don’t know they have high blood pressure until something happens.
Warming signs of high blood pressure include:
The main causes of high blood pressure include:
Here are a few recommendations I have if you know or think you might have high blood pressure:
If you have recently been told you have high blood pressure or would like to learn if this applies to you, give me a call!