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May 16, 2020
You probably already know how essential your blood pressure is and how crucial it is to keep it within a healthy level.
But, beyond that, how well do you know your blood pressure?
Knowing what questions to ask might be tough, especially if you are new to blood pressure management.
Here are the answers to the questions you forgot to ask, were scared to ask, or were unsure about.
What is high blood pressure (aka Hypertension)?
For blood pressure measures, anything beyond 120 systolic and 80 diastolic is considered outside of the healthy zone.
There are a variety of healthful options even within those parameters (and unhealthy readings). Your diastolic blood pressure may be less than 80, but if your systolic blood pressure is greater than 120, your blood pressure is dangerously high.
Read more about range to understand Blood Pressure Readings.
How do you feel when your blood pressure is high?
That means the only way to know if your blood pressure is normal is to have it checked at regular medical visits or as often as your doctor suggests using a home blood pressure monitor.
Prior to this, I had never experienced high blood pressure. Why do I suddenly have it now?
High blood pressure, often known as primary hypertension, is a condition that most people develop over time. Because it’s a result of a combination of factors, there’s no easy way to pinpoint a single cause. In some cases, high blood pressure can come on suddenly as secondary hypertension. The underlying cause of this type of hypertension includes sleep apnea, kidney difficulties, adrenal gland tumours, or thyroid disorders. This may sound alarming, but the good news is that treatment can help you lower your blood pressure.
How can you lower your blood pressure immediately?
There’s no “quick fix” for high blood pressure, but there are few things you may do to naturally lower your blood pressure without using medicine.
Your doctor would most likely advise that you try to reduce your blood pressure by making lifestyle changes first. Simple, common-sense modifications, such as the following, can have a significant impact on your blood pressure:
- Improving your Diet
- Getting more exercise
- Changing your sleep habits
- Reducing salt intake