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Have you had your blood pressure checked yet?
High blood pressure or hypertension commonly affects people from India. This can increase your chance of developing heart disease, heart attacks stroke and other serious conditions. It is very important to understand the risk factors involved and get your blood pressure checked regularly.Definition of high blood pressure.It is the force that pushes blood through the blood vessels in your body. If your blood is pushed with more force then normal you have high blood pressure. High Blood pressure is diagnosed when repeated blood pressure readings are above 140/90mmHg. These readings are normally taken several times. The causes of high blood pressure.In most cases the cause is not known. It is thought that the narrowing of the arteries increases the resistance of blood flow leading to high blood pressure. There are certain risk factors which increase the chances of you developing high blood pressure such as;-Family history of hypertension-Smoking-excess alcohol-Diet high in salt-Diet high in fat and cholesterol-Being overweight-Little exercise -If you live in the UK with ancestry from India.-Diabetes-Kidney diseaseTarget blood pressureDepends on your risk factors but is generally around -130/80mmHg (no diabetes)- 120/75mmHg (have diabetes)The first number relates to the force when the heart pumps called systolic. The second number relates to when the heart relaxes between beats called diastolic.Signs and symptomsMost people do not have any symptomsA few people however can suffer from repeated headaches, blurred vision and blackouts.How can I lower my blood pressure?There are several ways you can lower your blood pressure here are just a few;Lifestyle changes-Reduce weight-More exercise-Reduce fat and salt in diet-Limit alcohol intakeMedicationIt is important to talk to your GP about the medication that will best suit you.This article is for information purposes only and is not a substitute for seeking professional medical advice. It is not available to diagnose and treat any condition. Please seek advice from your doctor regarding any medical issues that you think you may have.Harminder Kaur (MRPharmS)

 


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