World Hypertension Day is on 17th May this year, with the theme: Measure Your Blood Pressure Accurately, Control It, Live Longer. This focuses on combatting low awareness rates worldwide, particularly in low to middle income areas, and accurate blood pressure measurement methods.
To help raise awareness and communicate the importance of hypertension we have compiled some information on prevention, detection, and treatment options.
What is Hypertension?
Hypertension is another word for high blood pressure, which rarely has noticeable symptoms. However, if it is untreated, it increases the risk of serious health problems.
The only way to measure your blood pressure levels is to have a blood pressure test. Your blood pressure will be recorded with two numbers. The systolic pressure, which is the higher number is the force with which your heart pumps blood around your body. The diastolic pressure, which is the lower number is the resistance to blood flow in the blood vessels.
The NHS provides a guide showing the average systolic and diastolic pressure numbers. However, it is important to note that everyone’s blood pressure will be slightly different, and to not compare your test results against others.
You are also able to conduct a blood pressure test at home, using a device provided by a health care professional or a home kit. The readings can then be checked using the NHS Website.
What if it’s left untreated?
There are several risks to your general health if high blood pressure is persistent and goes untreated. This can lead to heart attacks, heart disease, heart failure, strokes and more.
The NHS recommends all adults over the age of 40 to have their blood pressure checked every five years in case of any changes. This can be done at your local GP Surgery, some pharmacies, as part of your NHS Health Check or in some workplaces.
If your test results comes back high, here are a few lifestyle changes that can help reduce your blood pressure:
- Incorporating more healthy foods and reducing intake of foods with high fat and salts.
- Include a form of exercise into your daily routine.
- Reduce caffeine and alcohol intake.
- Stop smoking.
Make sure to consult your GP for more advice.
Additionally, for those wanting to maintain a normal blood pressure, why not give the Bioglan Blood Pressure Formula a go. These capsules deliver a concentrated blend of Omega-3 essential fatty acids EPA and DHA for normal heart function; fortified with potassium which helps support and maintain normal blood pressure.