Blood Pressure - Hypertension

Blood Pressure - Hypertension

The vast majority of us will be told in the course of a routine medical check-up we have blood pressure issues.

Our cardiovascular system is rather like a swimming pool filtration system. A low pressure input on one side and high pressure on the outlet side of the pump. The low pressure side of our cardiovascular system is a matrix of veins leading to our heart, on the outlet side of our heart are a series of arteries; pressure increases and the heart responds by pumping harder when the veins and arteries contract and can develop blockages, restrictions or lose their elasticity overtime.

High blood pressure or hypertension may cause aneurysms in blood vessels; rather like a tyre blowout on a bicycle where the tube bulges through weak tyres and then bursts. In the case of our cardiovascular system resulting in internal bleeding, strokes and heart attacks, vision and kidneys disease are also linked to high blood pressure.

There is much we can do to maintain healthy blood pressure; a diet that includes lots of fruit and vegetables, fish, lean meat, low salt, minimal trans fats, and sensible alcohol consumption Smoking and stress are major causes of poor cardiovascular health and physical wellbeing.

Evidence from studies have established definite links between a sedentary lifestyle that involve prolonged periods seated with minimal physical activity; resulting in elevated risks of strokes, heart attacks and cancers, in fact a double digit percentage risk factor increase.

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