Exercise is important when you have high blood pressure. Of course you will have to ask your doctor what kind of exercise is right for you.
Light and moderate exercise, strengthens your heart, keeps your blood pressure down, alleviates stress, and generally keeps you healthy.
WebMd recommends that you walk at a brisk pace for a half hour a day. The way to test if you are walking fast enough is that if you can sing when you walk you are not walking fast enough. If you can talk and walk you are doing it right.
The age old question has always been does stress bring up your blood pressure? The answer is both yes and no. For awhile your blood pressure may rise but there are no studies indicating that stress has a long term effect on your blood pressure.
There are other things that are linked to high pressure such as being an African American, being obese, smoking and drinking alcohol, or simply living a sedentary life.
Can you feel your blood pressure rising?
Not really, people can go for years without knowing they have hypertension that is why it is called the silent killer. Be vigilant about your blood pressure and get it checked at least once a year. If you have been checked and found to have hypertension, chances are your doctor will schedule more frequent appointments to make sure your blood pressure is under control. Uncontrolled blood pressure can damage the organs especially the heart.
What does the reading mean?
Blood pressure is measured by two different readings. Systolic reading is the top reading and that measures your heart as it contracts (beats).
Diastolic reading is the bottom reading which measure the pressure in your arteries when the heart is resting (between heart beats). You have high blood pressure if you reading is 140/90 or over. You are in the prehypertensive stage if your pressure reading is over 120 to 139- systolic and your diastolic reading is between 80 - 89.
Is medication always prescribed for hypertension?
Not necessarily since people whose blood pressure reading is not very high may be able to lower their blood pressure by exercising, ceasing to smoke and drink, and keeping their weight down.
If your blood pressure is high you will certainly need medication to bring it down again. Uncontrolled blood pressure can lead to a stroke.
Hypertension is the second leading cause for kidney failure. What it does is that is makes your kidneys work harder to the point that they get exhausted and just stop working. African Americans are at risk for kidney failure even if their blood pressure is only slightly raised, Therefore it is prudent to careful and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Just cutting down on table salt is not enough to keep your blood pressure normal, be careful of the foods you eat such as processed foods and can foods which contain a lot of sodium.
Read the labels and make sure you do not eat more than 1500 mgs of sodium a day.
Transcendental meditation has been known to lower your blood pressure but there are no actual proof that yoga, or other forms of relaxation techniques will lower your high blood pressure.
However; don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater, relaxation techniques and yoga can help to lower your stress.