Millions of people are dealing with the effects of high blood pressure or hypertension. A few signs that may indicate increased blood pressure are dizziness, swollen feet, nausea, and even headaches. There are certain factors that can raise blood pressure including eating salty foods, feeling extremely stressed or angry, lack of physical exercise, and excessive alcohol use or smoking. High blood pressure can not only be managed but cured with a few simple lifestyle changes. Here is how to take the pressure off and live hypertension free.
Experts have named cardiovascular exercise as the best way to manage high blood pressure. Any level of physical activity counts. Cardiologist Dr. Jennifer Wong suggests “making small changes” as the first step. From intense cardio to a relaxing nature work, consistent movement is key. Physically active people have a 21 percent lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease according to research.
Combined with a healthy diet and exercise, there is one sweet snack that has been proven to assist in lower blood pressure readings. Eating at least 30 calories of dark chocolate a day reasonably assists with maintaining a healthy heart. Dark chocolate contains high amounts of flavanols. Flavonoids are a plant nutrient that promote healthy blood flow to the brain and heart, prevent blood clots, and fight cell damage.
An apple a day may be known to keep the doctor away, but coffee unfortunately does not. Elevated amounts of caffeine can cause a rise in blood pressure. Depending on your medical history the amount of caffeine consumption it takes to cause hypertension may vary. It is best to proceed with caution and ask a physician to assess how much caffeine is safe for you to consume. Generally, the U.S. Food and Drug administration suggests 400 milligrams of caffeine a day is safe for most people.
If you are recognizing symptoms that may indicate high blood pressure there are several steps you can take. It is always recommended to see a medical professional to receive a proper diagnosis. Lab tests, screenings, and other on-site processes can be administered to reach a proper determination. You can also take a few proactive steps at home. Whether using a monitor (sphygmomanometer), or your fingers to track your pulse, there are multiple ways to ensure you are in the clear. At Village Park we provide a dynamic team of medical professionals equipped to handle all medical needs. Feel free to give us a call at (470) 509-4557.