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The Dangers of Prehypertension

Posted on: April 28th, 2015 by vgmforbin
Catching hypertension early will help you and your doctor treat and monitor your condition.

Catching hypertension early will help you and your doctor treat and monitor your condition.

We often hear warnings about hypertension, but the issue of prehypertension is often overlooked. Prehypertension is slightly elevated blood pressure. This may not sound serious, but it is our body’s warning sign that we need to take action to lower our blood pressure. Prehypertension often turns into high blood pressure if lifestyle changes aren’t made. Not treating it and allowing prehypertension to worsen will increase your risk of heart attack, stroke and heart failure.

So how do you know if you have prehypertension? Unfortunately, it doesn’t cause symptoms that would indicate a growing problem. Blood pressure readings are the only way to detect it. See your doctor at least once every two years to have your blood pressure checked. You may need to get a checkup more often if you have a family history of hypertension or heart disease.

LA Medical has some tips to help you fight prehypertension and the health problems it leads to.

Maintain a healthy weight – Losing just 5 pounds can lower your blood pressure. Talk with your doctor about what your healthy weight should be and find small weight loss solutions.

Increase physical activity – Regular physical activity is one of the best ways to maintain a healthy weight. If you aren’t used to exercise, start slow, increasing to at least 30 minutes of activity a day. Walking is one of the best and easiest options!

Limit your salt intake – You don’t need to cut out salt completely, but if you reduce it a little bit at each meal, you won’t even notice the loss. Make a habit of checking labels and avoid foods high in sodium like soups, frozen meals and bread.

Limit alcohol – If you choose to drink alcohol, do so in moderation. One to two drinks a day is the recommended amount for healthy adults.

LA Medical wants to help you prevent the issues that could lead to life-altering problems later on down the road. For more information about leading a healthy lifestyle, keep up with our blog!

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.

World Health Day- Tackling High Blood Pressure

Posted on: April 4th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger
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Hypertension, or high blood pressure, can affect all aspects of your circulatory system and many different organ systems.

April 7 is World Health Day. A different health topic or concern is chosen each year to highlight health concerns both here and around the world. The theme for 2013 is high blood pressure. LA Medical supports any efforts to keep our city and our world healthy.

High blood pressure is a common problem in the U.S. and around the world that leads to many other health related issues. The goal of the World Health Organization is greater awareness, healthy behaviors, improved detection and enabling environments.

How much do you know about high blood pressure?

  • High blood pressure is also known as raised blood pressure or hypertension.
  • High blood pressure increases the risk of heart attacks.
  • High blood pressure increases strokes and kidney failure in both men and women.
  • High blood pressure can also cause blindness, irregularities of the heartbeat and heart failure if it is not properly diagnosed and treated

These risks of complications increase if there are other factors such as diabetes present. This makes diabetes diagnosis, treatment and management even more important.

How common is high blood pressure? Are you are risk?

  • One in three adults worldwide has high blood pressure.
  • In the U.S., 1 in 10 people in their 20s and 30s have high blood pressure.
  • 5 in 10 people in their 50s have high blood pressure.
  • Blood pressure generally increases with age.

High blood pressure is both preventable and treatable. The risk of developing high blood pressure can be reduced by:

  • Reducing salt intake.
  • Eating a balanced diet.
  • Avoiding harmful use of alcohol.
  • Regular physical activity/exercise.
  • Maintaining a healthy body weight.
  • Avoiding tobacco use (all kinds).

LA Medical encourages you to take care of your health and avoid high blood pressure. Like most every disease, it’s easier and better to prevent it than to treat it. Even if you have limited mobility, see us for the canes and walkers that can keep you moving and keep your blood pressure in check. See us today to learn more.

Lean more about World Health Day at www.who.int , Source World Health Organization

Escaping the Pressure

Posted on: September 27th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

There is a medical condition lurking within millions of Americans. Some of them know they have it, while others are completely unaware. This condition can be very serious as it can cause heart disease from the narrower of arteries throughout the body. Also called hypertension, it is also more commonly known as high blood pressure. It is not known how many people currently have hypertension in the United States as it can go unnoticed for years, but the estimation is in the millions based on the obesity rate of the country.

If left untreated high blood pressure can lead to heart disease. However there are a few steps that can be taken to ensure that your blood pressure stays low or becomes lower if it is already too high.

Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight can make you two to six times more likely to develop hypertension. Even losing a few pounds dramatically decreases the risk of developing this condition.

Exercise regularly. Daily activity, even light activity like walking, can decrease the chance of getting high blood pressure by 20-50 percent.

Drink alcohol in moderation. Too much beer, wine and liquor can hike up your blood pressure if you’re having more than two drinks per day.

Calm down. Reducing stress is key to keeping your blood pressure low. Give yourself some free time and downsize your to-do list to keep yourself stress free.

Eat the right foods. Foods rich in potassium, calcium and magnesium will balance your blood pressure, and fish oils and garlic have also shown promise in lowering blood pressure.

If you or a loved one currently has high blood pressure, the above tips can help to reduce it to non-dangerous levels. Also, LA Medical Retail carries a wide selection of stethoscopes for you to keep tabs on your blood pressure and other health signs at home for a healthier life.