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Facts that you need to know if you have high blood pressure
What is high blood pressure? Blood pressure is the force at which blood flows through the arteries in your body. Arteries are the blood vessels that carry blood from your heart to the rest of your body. When your heart beats, it pushes blood through your arteries. As the blood flows, it puts pressure on the artery walls. This is called blood pressure. High blood pressure (also called hypertension) occurs when blood flows through the arteries at a higher pressure than normal. High blood pressure can be caused by many different factors. If blood pressure becomes too high or stays high for a long time, it can cause health problems. Uncontrolled high blood pressure increases the risk of stroke, heart disease, heart attack and kidney failure. There are 2 types of high blood pressure. Primary hypertension. This is also called essential hypertension. It is called this when the cause of your high blood pressure is unknown. It is the most common type of hypertension. This type of blood pressure usually takes several years to develop. It is probably caused by your lifestyle, your environment and the way your body changes as you get older. Secondary hypertension. This is when a health problem or medication causes high blood pressure. Things that can cause secondary hypertension include: Kidney problems. Anaapnoea. Thyroid or adrenal problems. Certain medications. What are the signs of high blood pressure?
- Severe headaches
- Tiredness or confusion
- Vision problems
- Chest pain
- Difficulty breathing
- Irregular heartbeat
- Blood in urine
- Normal blood pressure is above 120 and below 80.
- Pre-hypertensive levels are between 120 and 139 above and 80 and 89 below.
- High blood pressure, stage 1, is 140-159 above and 90-99 below.
- High blood pressure, stage 2 is 160 or more above and 100 or more below.
- Walk and exercise regularly
- Reduce your sodium intake
- Drink less alcohol
- Eat more potassium-rich foods
- Limit caffeine
- Learn to cope with stress
- Eat dark chocolate or cocoa
- Lose weight