What To Do To Prevent High Blood Pressure From Recurring

Charlene Nuble By Charlene Nuble, 14th Nov 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Hypertension or high blood pressure is something you can beat and even prevent. But, first, here are some things you should give up and stop.

Having High Blood Pressure

You're finally paying for all the meat, alcohol and smoking you've done in college. Hypertension or high blood pressure is one of the most common health conditions in the world. It usually is caused by fat clogging the blood vessels or the blood vessels themselves becoming narrower over time. Heart inadequacies and dysfunctions are also possible but rare.

You may experience a situational break from the congesting feeling in your chest or the sudden outburst of fits. However, blood pressure is a chronic condition and usually becomes permanent especially once you enter your forties. You have to learn how to adapt to the changes since your body no longer reacts the same way it did a couple of decades ago.

Here's how to deal with having recurring high blood pressure.

1. Stop eating too much fat.

This is probably the hardest part of maintaining normal blood pressure levels. You have to eliminate as much as possible any visible fat from your diet. Learn how to read the labels of the foods you consume to have an idea how much calories you're consuming. Cut off from red meat, processed goods and sweets as these contain huge amounts of fat and oils and can greatly aggravate your condition. Gradually incorporate the right foods in your diet like fruits, vegetables, lean meat sources and those high in fiber.

2. Moderate salt intake.

Salt causes water retention which can fill your blood with excess fluid. The heart will have more trouble pumping the excess content. Salt also causes water to fill up tissues surrounding the blood vessels, making them narrower for blood to easily pass through. Keep your sodium levels low by avoiding baked products and processed meats and foods. Salt substitutes can effectively provide the same taste with less sodium.

3. Stop smoking.

Nicotine is a potent vasoconstrictor which means it narrows the blood vessels. If blood vessels are narrowed, less blood will be distributed to the heart and other parts of the body. The heart will have to exert more effort trying to pump more blood throughout the body. Help your circulatory system and entire body by quitting smoking.

4. Stop alcohol.

Too much alcohol consumption can damage the filtering organs in the body such as the kidneys and liver. If these are impaired, fluids will most likely accumulate causing narrowed blood vessels and taxing of heart contractions. Alcohol can also stimulate the heart to beat faster than usual. These effects added to smoking, fat and salt can have devastating results.

5. Stop being sedentary.

Find some physical activity to keep blood properly circulating through your system and your heart strong. Cardiovascular exercise greatly reduces the risk of recurrent hypertension. Look for an activity that you can regularly do at least thrice a week for thirty minutes or so. You'll lose weight in the process which also improves your heart function.

Don't forget to keep your stress levels down as these can be detrimental to your recovery. Find time to relax and unwind whenever possible. You may also need to consult a physician to provide you with the right medications to keep recurring high blood pressure at bay.

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High Blood Pressure, Hypertension, Maintain Normal Blood Pressure Levels, Recurring High Blood Pressure

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Charlene Nuble is a health care professional who loves writing about parenting, women's issues, health and other stuffs that interest her.

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author avatar Paul Butters
16th Nov 2010 (#)

Interesting. I have had HBP since about 1986 in spite of only average cholesterol levels. Worth mentioning that you usually get no symptoms with HBP! Quite a battle this. Only guilty of stress and alc myself.

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