Get Rid of High Blood Pressure

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is the most common cardiovascular disease and is the leading cause of strokes and heart attacks. Normal blood pressure is 120/80 and those with blood pressure of 140/90 or higher are considered to have high blood pressure. Those with a family of high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, those who are African-American, over 55, overweight, are not active, those who drink and smoke, take NSAIDS, and eat foods high in salt and saturated fats are at increased risk of high blood pressure or hypertension.

 

How do I know if I have high blood pressure?

A third of people with high blood pressure have no idea. If your blood pressure is extremely high you may suffer from:

  • Severe headache
  • Fatigue
  • Confusion
  • Vision problems
  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Blood in urine
  • Pounding chest, neck or ears

 

How can I prevent high blood pressure?

  • Cut back on foods that are high in saturated fats and salt. Follow the DASH diet, Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension.
  • Eat lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy.
  • Cut back on sugary drinks and other sweets.
  • Exercise.
  • Monitor your blood pressure at home.
  • Relax.

 

How can I treat high blood pressure?

  • Enjoy a banana a day. Potassium helps to control blood pressure.
  • Eat foods high in calcium it helps to lower blood pressure.
  • Garlic is full of nutritional properties. Enjoy some to help lower blood pressure.
  • Begin doing exercise.
  • Lose weight. Weight is a major factor in blood pressure.
  • Quit smoking and stop drinking.
  • Try a Coenzyme Q10 supplement, it has been shown to reduce both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
  • Try a hawthorn supplement. It has been shown to lower diastolic blood pressure.
  • Folic acid helps to lower blood pressure so try a supplement.
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