Experts claim that in the United States only, 70 million people (which is almost 1 of every 3) have high blood pressure. And in Canada, it’s 1 in 6. The experts say that hypertension increases the risk of heart disease, arteriosclerosis, stroke, and kidney failure. Managing this condition is therefore critical not just for all-around health and feeling good but to prevent life-threatening illness.
There are several risk factors for high blood pressure: age, excessive use of alcohol or drugs of any kind, overweight, race – high blood pressure is more common in African Americans than white Americans, sedentary lifestyle, stress, tobacco use, chronic vitamin D and/or potassium deficiency over time, too much salt, other chronic conditions such as diabetes and kidney disease
Many people all around the world think that 120 over 80 is a normal blood pressure, and that if your blood pressure is higher you need to visit your cardiologist immediately. Well this no longer applies!
This, however, does not apply for people with diabetes, in which the limit is 130 over 80, as in the older population.
The ESC Association issued new guidelines, according to which the normal pressure to 140 systolic (the top number in a blood pressure measurement) and 90 diastolic (bottom number).
It is important to mention that this does not apply for people who suffer from diabetes, in which the limit is 130 over 80, and also for the older population.
Previously it was considered that if some person has blood pressure 139 over 89 it means that that person already is in hypertensive condition. Also, that patient needs to take medications immediately in order to avoid any additional increased risk of heart attack or stroke.
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This article is not intended to take the place of a competent nutritionist or doctor. It is solely intended to educate people on the vital and perhaps underestimated importance of this nutritional element.
If you suffer from a medical condition, consult your doctor. If you have questions as to the application of this information to your own health, you are advised to consult a qualified health professional.