High Blood Pressure Can Lead To Heart Disease

High Blood Pressure is commonly called the "Silent Killer" because it has no symptoms or warning signs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that one in three American adults have high blood pressure. Could you be that one?

As blood travels through the body, it applies force on the artery walls; this force is blood pressure. It is normal for blood pressure to fluctuate during the course of a day, but it becomes dangerous if the level of force remains at a high level for an extended period of time, you can then be diagnosed with high blood pressure.

Hypertension damages the blood vessels, kidneys, and the heart, and can lead to stroke and heart attack. You'll see two numbers on a blood pressure reading. 115/74, for example. The first number (systolic) is the pressure as the heart beats fills the arteries with blood. The second number (diastolic) is the pressure within the arteries as the heart rests between beats. Normal blood pressure calculates at about 120/80 or less. A rate of 140/90 or higher is considered high blood pressure.

Hypertension is brought on by several factors, including: physical inactivity, obesity, smoking, poor diet, stress, family history, and more. For most people, the best treatment for high blood pressure is a healthier lifestyle. Positive behavioral choices such as following a healthy diet of fruit and vegetables, incorporating moderate exercise, and using less salt can all significantly lower the risk for developing high blood pressure. To find out if you are at risk, visit your doctor.

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