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How High Blood Pressure could mean Hypertension

Posted on: March 25th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger

Hypertension-3As LA Medical Retail has mentioned before, blood pressure is determined by the amount of blood your heart pumps and the amount of resistance to blood flow in your arteries. The more blood your heart pumps and the narrower your arteries, the higher your blood pressure will be. High blood pressure is a common condition in which the force of the blood against your artery walls is high enough that it may eventually cause health problems.

How can you tell if you or a loved one has high blood pressure? What are the symptoms? Unfortunately, there aren’t many obvious symptoms of high blood pressure. Some people may experience dull headaches, dizziness and nosebleeds. Those common conditions are often interpreted as other things and sadly only occur when blood pressure is dangerously high and even life-threatening.

There are many risk factors that increase your threat of high blood pressure. These factors include:

  • Diet– High fat, high sugar and high sodium filled diets is a recipe for hypertension disasters.
  • Race- African Americans have higher rates of high blood pressure than Caucasians, and problems develop at an earlier age.
  • Family history– Like so many health conditions, high blood pressure runs in families. Get familiar with your family health history.
  • Age- Hypertension increases with your age and is most common with middle-aged men and post-menopausal women.
  • Being overweight– The more you weigh, the harder our heart has to work. The harder it works, the more damage done to the walls of your arteries.
  • Smoking– If you smoke, consider quitting immediately. This will improve your health in many ways besides high blood pressure.
  • Alcohol– While moderate drinking is okay and even beneficial for most people, too much alcohol increases blood pressure risks.
  • Stress– Stress is very damaging to the body and heart. Get more sleep, exercise and meditate. Causes of stress can often be limited or removed.
  • Untreated sleep apnea– Sleep Apnea has been shown to raise blood pressure. See your doctor about your sleep apnea.

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The Five Best Tips to Fight Hypertension

Posted on: March 20th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger

Hypertension-2As LA Medical Retail discussed last time, prehypertension will turn into hypertension, or high blood pressure, if left untreated. As your blood pressure increases, so does your risk of cardiovascular or heart disease that leads to a whole different and often severe set of problems. That’s why it’s so important to control your prehypertension.

What can you do to treat your prehypertension? Here are some simple tips that will help you fight prehypertension and a host of other health problems too.

  • Maintain a healthy weight. Losing even 5 pounds can lower your blood pressure. Talk with your doctor or research what your healthy weight should be and then start by making small, but increasing weight loss solutions.
  • Increase physical activity. One of the best ways to maintain a healthy weight is with regular physical activity, and it can help lower your blood pressure. If you’re not use to exercise, start slow and increase to at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day. Walking is one of the best, easiest and most affordable options.
  • Limit your sodium intake. You don’t have to cut salt from your diet completely, just reduce it a little at every meal and you won’t notice the loss. Check labels for sodium as pre-packaged foods like soups and frozen meals are loaded with sodium. Another high sodium food that we don’t think about is bread.
  • Stop smoking. We know that smoking causes many health issues, but did you know that it also raises blood pressure and increases the risk for heart disease? About 30 percent of all deaths from heart disease in the U.S. are directly related to cigarette smoking. That’s because smoking is a major cause of coronary artery disease, especially in younger people.
  • Limit alcohol. If you choose to drink alcohol, do so in moderation. For healthy adults, one to two drinks a day is recommended.

Following these steps will help to lower your blood pressure and hopefully prevent the more damaging high blood pressure/hypertension. See the experts at LA Medical to view the latest in bathroom safety products, mobility and daily living aids from our online catalog.

What are some of the more common risk factors getting hypertension? We’ll discuss that next.

Prehypertension- Reducing Your Blood Pressure Before it’s Too Late 1

Posted on: March 18th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger

Hypertension, or more commonly called high blood pressure, is one of the most common health issues in the United States and worldwide. Today, LA Medical Retail would like to introduce prehypertension and how you or a loved one can reduce your blood pressure before it’s too late!

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So what is hypertension and how do you get it? Is it dangerous? LA Medical Retail will give you a thumbnail sketch of this common problem and provide
some great sources to learn more about it.

Every living person has blood pressure. In simple terms, it’s determined by the amount of blood your heart pumps and the amount of resistance to blood flow in your arteries. The more blood your heart pumps and the narrower your arteries are result in higher blood pressure. The goal is to have a healthy flow, not too low and not too high, in the 120 systolic pressure over 80 diastolic pressure range.

Blood pressure has two stages, prehypertension and hypertension. We’ll discuss prehypertension first.

Prehypertension is slightly elevated blood pressure. It’s our warning sign for our bodies that we need to do something to lower our blood pressure. Prehypertension will most likely turn into hypertension if you don’t make lifestyle changes. Not treating it and allowing it to worsen will increase your risk of heart attack, stroke and heart failure.

How do you know if you have prehypertension? Unfortunately, prehypertension doesn’t cause symptoms that would indicate we have a growing problem. Blood pressure readings are the only way to detect prehypertension. See your doctor to have your blood pressure checked.

If you consistently see that your numbers are high while testing it at home, see a doctor. You should be getting a blood pressure reading at least once every two years. Most doctors will check it whenever you visit their office. If you have a personal or family history of hypertension or other risk factors for cardiovascular disease, consider getting it checked more often. What happens when you go from prehypertension to hypertension? LA Medical Retail will talk about that next time.