Hello. This is Hypertension Prevention Tuesdays! Today, we’ll talk about effective high blood pressure treatment options. High blood pressure is also called hypertension. This condition can affect vital organs and other conditions of the person negatively. High blood pressure implies that the heart may be overexerting itself, in order to pump blood throughout the body.
High diastolic blood pressure, above 89 implies that the individual may be prone to high blood pressure since this is the reading of the heart at rest. There are plenty of factors that can lead a person to have high blood pressure. High blood pressure treatment comes in many different forms and may be combined to achieve the goal of controlling and managing blood pressure.
Your heart rate is separate from your blood pressure. That’s the force of your blood against the walls of your blood vessels. Heart rate, also called pulse, is the number of times your heart beats per minute. Heart rate can change based on activity level, age, medication, and other factors throughout life. For most adults, a resting heart rate of 50 to 100 beats per minute is considered normal. People who exercise regularly often have lower resting heart rates.
Diet As High Blood Pressure Treatment
This form of high blood pressure treatment entails going on a strict diet to minimize the intake of fatty, greasy, and salty foods. This high blood pressure treatment is one of the first treatments usually recommended by doctors to manage the condition. Food is one of the factors that can usually help or hurt your blood pressure. The substances that we get from food are usually absorbed by the body via gastrointestinal tract and the blood stream. Diet as a high blood pressure treatment option is effective and can be singly recommended to individuals who are in the pre-hypertension stage, or combined with medication and exercise as a high blood pressure treatment program for those who already suffer from the condition.
Other Lifestyle Changes
A person’s lifestyle strongly contributes to health, which is why lifestyle changes are often recommended as high blood pressure treatment options. Smoking should be stopped if a person wants to manage high blood pressure. Alcohol intake should be kept to a minimum in order to minimize the undesirable effect that it has on blood pressure.
Ditching a sedentary lifestyle, and living the lifestyle with regular physical activity is also a recommendation for a high blood pressure treatment. Getting enough rest and minimizing stress exposure will also help to manage high blood pressure.
One of the most effective high blood pressure treatment options is to be prescribed medication to control and manage high blood pressure. There are several forms of medication that can be used as high blood pressure treatment, but some of these may have undesirable side effects, including for those who are diabetics. It is best to speak with your doctor about any side effects that you may experience.
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I’m excited to talk about this topic today because not only do I truly believe that you have the power to reverse heart disease and lower high blood pressure to improve your health, but the science also agrees! You can adopt healthy lifestyle practices that improve your health and enrich your life, which can in turn improve the lives of those close to you. You have the power to break the cycle of these chronic diseases so that you can leave a legacy of health to your loved ones.
As you may already know, I use lifestyle medicine as the first line of treatment, before medications, to treat lifestyle-related chronic diseases. Lifestyle-related chronic diseases include diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and some cancers, just to name a few. Lifestyle practices, such as eating a whole-food plant-based diet and regular physical activity, can help you improve blood pressure and reverse heart disease. In certain cases, these approaches may even outperform pharmaceutical therapy.
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Since weight management is very important in blood pressure control, I recommend that you be mindful of your weight and its fluctuations, and that you monitor your weight AT LEAST on a weekly basis. I recommend a scale that includes a body composition monitor.
Remember, healthy lifestyle behaviors–like eating a whole-foods plant-based diet that is low in sodium, being physically active, and stress management are the best ways to prevent and control high blood pressure. Please talk with your doctor about any complementary health approaches, including supplements, you use.
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