In 2014 – 2015 Health and Safety Executive (HSE), published a work-related stress, anxiety and depression statistics in Great Britain. Which shows 4,88,000 cases due to work related stress and due to these 11.7 million working days lost in a year(23.9 days per case). To deal with work stress worker are heading for unhealthy behaviors like smoking and drinking, which might increase the risk of blood pressure. This is a major reason of Heart failure or heart attack.
- What is Blood Pressure?
- Blood Pressure Chart
- What are the Symptoms of High Blood Pressure?
- What is the Effect of High Blood Pressure?
- How Soon You Need to Check up Your Blood Pressure?
- Which Foods to Avoid?
- Which Foods Helps in Reducing High Blood Pressure?
Definition of blood pressure in simple words – When the heart pumps the pure blood into arteries with some force. So the force on arteries when blood is pumping by heart and when the heart is resting is known as blood pressure.
What is Blood Pressure Number?
Normally blood pressure is measured in two numbers (120/80), 120 is Systolic pressure and 80 is Diastolic.
What is Systolic Blood Pressure Number?
Heart function is to circulate the pure blood in the body, and when the heart pumps the blood it creates the pressure on arteries and this is known as systolic blood pressure.
Systolic blood pressure number between 80 to 120 is count as normal blood pressure. Above 140 counts is high blood pressure and treated as hypertension condition.
What Diastolic Blood Pressure Number?
Diastolic blood pressure number is pressure on arteries when the heart is resting after pumping stroke, at the same time heart is getting filled with fresh blood with oxygen in it.
Diastolic blood pressure number between 60 to 80 is treated as normal diastolic blood pressure. Same reading is crossing 90 or higher is treated as high BP.
Usually, it’s very hard to find any symptoms of High blood pressure and that’s why it is known as “the silent killer.” Normally people will not come to know until they go for a checkup. Probable symptoms for high BP are mentioned below:
- Blurred vision
- Nausea and vomiting
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
Do I need to afraid of high blood pressure? Yes, surely you need to afraid of high blood pressure. Ignored and untreated high BP for a long time can cause many high-risk complications.
The Potential Effect of High Blood Pressure:
- Heart Attack
- Heart Failure
- Vision Loss
- Kidney Damage
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Fluid Buildup in the Lungs
- Memory Loss
- Kidney Failure
- Eye Damage with Progressive Vision Loss
- Peripheral Arterial Disease Causing Leg Pain With Walking (claudication)
If you are having normal blood pressure (i.e. 120/80) then twice or once in a year.
But in case if your blood pressure is on higher side then for good health do checkup as your doctor advice.
Why my Blood Pressure is High?
Blood pressure may increase for many reasons such as anxiety, physical activity, food, habits, smoking, too much alcohol consumption, Sleep apnea, Family history of high blood pressure, Genetics, stress, weight; also at what time of day you are checking. Normally blood pressure is high at during afternoon and during the winter season.
What to do if my Blood Pressure is high?
If your blood pressure is high, then first thing is you needed to check the reasons for high BP and then accordingly you need to work on it. If you are a regular consumer of Alcohol, tobacco, or smoking then it is advised you should stop consuming.
Diet to Reduce High Blood Pressure:
- Salt more than 2,300 milligrams each day. Consult your doctor if you are planning to go lower, to 1,500 milligrams.
- Sodium in food should be less than 5% per day.
- Try to avoid processed food, meat during lunch, canned foods, and fast foods.
- Also, try salt-free seasonings.
Which Food Helps in Reducing High Blood Pressure?
Consumption of juices, fruits (especially bananas) and whole grain based cereals to counter high levels of potassium found in other foods and in your body. Potassium, magnesium, and fiber, helps to control BP. Also, nuts, seeds, legumes, lean meats, and poultry are good sources of magnesium.
To increase the amounts of natural potassium, magnesium, and fiber you take in, select from the following:
Apples, apricots, bananas, broccoli, carrots, collards, dates, grapes, mangoes, pineapples, peaches, melons, oranges, raisins, strawberries.
beetroot, green peas, kale(leafy Cabbage), lima beans, green beans, potatoes, spinach, sweet potatoes, tomatoes.