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Lower Your High Blood Pressure Or Die

By Kathy Forcey

If you suffer from hypertension or high blood pressure then you will need to see about lowering high blood pressure. A normal blood pressure is considered to be at lower than 120/80 and anything above–0/90 is considered to be high and your heart is putting too much pressure on your arteries.

The top number in your blood pressure is associated with the pressure of the blood inside of your arteries when your heart is beating or contracting and is called systolic pressure. The pressure of the blood in your arteries during the period your heart rests in between beats is called the diastolic pressure.

High blood pressure can be quite serious as its long term symptoms are very dangerous and life threatening. High blood pressure can lead to eye damage, brain damage, stroke, hardening of the arteries, kidney damage and heart disease. Any organ damage is considered an end result as this occurs after many years of high blood pressure and death can soon follow.

Once diagnosed, there are several options available to for lowering high blood pressure. As a first step you can make some lifestyle changes which include eating a healthy diet. The types of food you eat will affect your blood pressure and switching your diet to high in fruits, vegetables, fish, nuts and low in fatty foods, red meat and dairy products is recommended. Consuming too much salt can lead to high blood pressure so cutting out sodium can also help.

Losing weight can help you lower your blood pressure as being overweight does increase your blood pressure. Smoking and excessively drinking alcohol are also factors that will increase your blood pressure. If you must drink alcohol, do so in moderation. If you can stop smoking, you will be way ahead of the game as well.

You can use medically-prescribed drugs for lowering high blood pressure as most medications are very effective. Beta-blockers lower blood pressure by causing your heart to relax and beat slower. Diuretics work on the kidneys instead of the heart and flush out excess water and salt that may be causing your high blood pressure. Sometimes high blood pressure can be caused by hormones and if this is the cause then a hormone inhibitor called angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor can be used.

Having too much calcium in the heart can cause the heart to become tense. A calcium channel blocker can be used to relax blood vessels and the heart. Alpha blockers will affect your nervous system so that it allows for better blood flow by stopping some nerve messages. Alpha-beta-blockers are a combination of alpha blockers and beta blockers so this medication slows downs the heart and causes blood flow to be smoother.

Amongst the best ways to help your elevated blood pressure is to reduce weight. Doing some of the south beach diet exercise routines could be the best way to reduce those surplus pounds.

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