High blood pressure: What can you do about it?

One of the most common conditions is high blood pressure. Many people don’t even know that they have high blood pressure. What can you do about high blood pressure? Is there medication for high blood pressure? And what are the consequences of this condition?

What is high blood pressure?

High blood pressure is a health condition caused by a narrowing or blockage of the (small) blood vessels in the body. This puts extra pressure on a person’s heart, because it has to pump harder to get the blood through the constrictions. So what are the causes of these narrowings? The answer seems simple, but it isn’t. Many say this is because an unhealthy diet causes cholesterol and other substances to clog the arteries. But research has shown that the stress and pressure of daily life can also cause narrowing of the blood vessels. The causes must therefore not only be sought on a physical level, but also on a mental level. All these causes together cause extra adrenaline to enter the blood, which actually increases pressure in the heart.

Symptoms of high blood pressure

If high blood pressure in a person is in its nascent stages, then not many symptoms will be visible. Over time, minor complaints arise, such as pain in the neck and behind the head when standing up. This pain usually disappears after a few hours.
In a later phase, a person also suffers from more serious issues such as long-term back pain, light- headedness, frequent urination, extreme exhaustion and mood swings.
If adequate measures are not taken, high blood pressure can ultimately lead to serious heart problems, ranging from arrhythmias to heart attacks.

How do I get rid of my high blood pressure?

First of all, exercise is a very important part of getting rid of high blood pressure. The safest form is walking or running. Your body will be in good condition and mentally you can focus your thoughts on something other than the daily stresses. It has been scientifically proven that you can combat high blood pressure very effectively through exercise and sport. When your fitness level is good, you can also switch to other sports such as swimming.
Secondly, it is advisable to get some rest. Sleep is essential here. Try to make sure you get an average of 6-8 hours of sleep every day. You will not immediately see results in the form of a falling blood pressure, but over time you will regulate the blood pressure and it will eventually drop. Furthermore, this is also a very safe way to lower your high blood pressure.
Finally, it is advisable to follow a diet. Not a diet to lose weight, but a diet that focuses on exercise, sleep and ‘healthy’ eating. What is meant by healthy eating? Consider, for example, almost all types of fruit and vegetables. When it comes to your diet, try to ensure that you consume as little protein, steak, fish and pork as possible.
Furthermore, it is advisable to include a lot of garlic in your food, because garlic has the ability to reduce the heart rate.

Finally

If you notice that you or someone close to you suffers from high blood pressure, do not hesitate and inform this person about the consequences this can have. Also contact a doctor or GP.

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