Symptoms of high blood pressure aren’t always obvious, which is why hypertension, or high blood pressure, is often called the “silent killer”.
The best way you can battle high blood pressure and prevent it from becoming life threatening is to check it consistently, know your family history, and take basic steps to improve your overall health.
Obvious symptoms of high blood pressure may be:
- shortness of breath
High blood pressure can be a result of other health conditions such as:
- high cholesterol
- family history
So, instead of saying you need to be aware of the symptoms of high blood pressure, we’re going to also say you should be aware of what makes you a good candidate for high blood pressure.
Obesity, high cholesterol, and diabetes are all conditions that involve high levels of fat or glucose in the blood stream. These abnormal levels often result in blocked arteries and blood vessels.
Essentially, high blood pressure is a good indicator that your heart is having to work too hard, and is under stress.
When your arteries experience blockage it’s difficult for blood to flow easily to and from the heart.
This means that the heart has to work even harder to push the blood past those blockages, physically increasing the “pressure” of blood against your artery walls.
The best way to stay on top of hypertension without relying on symptoms to warn you is to:
1) Know Your Risks
Are you overweight? Does high blood pressure run in the family or do you have high cholesterol? Have you had heart problems in the past and are you diabetic?
Knowing yourself will help you better understand your risk of having high blood pressure.
2) Check Your Blood Pressure Often
Again, because you can’t really rely on symptoms, it’s important to be proactive with your blood pressure.
Stay up to date with your doctor’s visits, learn what you need to look for in your blood pressure readings, and even consider getting a personal blood pressure monitor that allows you to track your blood pressure daily.
Tips For Lowering High Blood Pressure
• Eat a low-sodium diet
• Get 150 minutes of exercise each week (about 20 minutes a day)
• Cut down on your sugar and fat intake
• Make sure you see your doctor for a yearly check up
• Eat plenty of fiber
• Consume healthy fats such as Omega-3 fatty acids and monosaturated fats to increase good cholesterol
• Check out our blog on Foods That Lower Blood Pressure
• Of course, consider supplementing l-arginine in your diet to increase nitric oxide production and open up your blood vessels!