What is Hypertension?
Blood pressure is based on the amount of blood your heart pumps and the amount of resistance to blood flow in your arteries. The more blood your heart pumps and the narrower your arteries, the higher your blood pressure. Hypertension (or high blood pressure) is when the force of the blood against your artery walls is higher than normal. If this is the case over time, it can lead to both heart attack and stroke.
High blood pressure or hypertension doesn’t cause symptoms which makes it a “silent” disease. You can have high blood pressure for years without any symptoms which is why it’s important to have your blood pressure checked when you see your doctor.
Several factors may play a role in developing high blood pressure, including:
being overweight or obese
lack of exercise
too much salt or alcohol consumption
In some cases, the underlying cause of hypertension cannot be determined and this type of high blood pressure is called essential hypertension.
What can you do ?
You can lower high blood pressure by:
achieving and maintaining a healthy body weight
being more active by exercising about 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week
reducing salt in the diet (Note: most sources of salt in the diet is ‘hidden’ in other foods)
limiting alcohol consumption to not more than 1 – 2 drinks / day
How BetterByDesign Nutrition can help
BetterByDesign Nutrition’s Registered Dietitian can help you learn about “hidden” sources of salt in your diet and work with you to make changes to your diet to help you reduce high blood pressure and the risk of heart attack and stroke. Click on the “Contact Us” tab above to find out about how to set up an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you.