Blood pressure 101 – News – The Shawnee News-Star

I spend a lot of time talking about healthy quality of life. To me, it has simply become a topic that all red blooded humans can no longer afford to avoid.

I spend a lot of time talking about healthy quality of life. To me, it has simply become a topic that all red blooded humans can no longer afford to avoid. Busy schedules, poor sleeping habits, stress, lack of exercise, poor nutrition, and long work days leave us open for many health risks. As we age, one problem that comes to mind is the status of our blood pressure. Do you know your blood pressure? If you have no idea, I encourage you to find out as soon as possible and/or certainly at your next doctors visit. Typically an ideal range to shoot for is 120 over 80. If you vary lower or higher than these numbers, it may be a good idea to consult with your doctor. Your situation could be minimal or results may inform you of a more serious problem. I think the most important thing here is that you find out where you stand, so can start taking proactive steps towards improvement as early as possible, and with the help of your trained physician.

It may be hard to believe that exercise and high blood pressure are closely related. However, taking small consistent steps to exercise regularly can make a big difference in blood pressure improvement over time. If you are not active I challenge you to make a pact with yourself to become more active starting today. It is important not to sit back and wait for high blood pressure to strike. Instead, let’s get moving now and try to prevent it from increasing in the first place. Since regular exercise helps prevent high blood pressure, it also can have an impact on the reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. It is also important to note that if your blood pressure is already high, regular exercise may be very beneficial in helping you control it. Once again, you and your doctor will decide the method that is best for dealing with your particular situation.

Regular physical activity makes your heart stronger. When your heart is stronger it pumps more blood with less effort. That’s important because the less your heart has to work, the smaller amount of pressure or exertion is placed on the arteries. Becoming active can lower your blood pressure to the same extent as some blood pressure medications. For others, it may be so effective that it can even reduce the need for blood pressure medications altogether.

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