The prevalence of hypertension / high blood pressure worldwide is of a progressive nature. According to statistics in a survey done by the American Heart Association, estimated that 103 million U.S. adults have been diagnosed with high blood pressure which is almost half of all adults in the United States.
In this day and age, the category of diseases that has proven to be strikingly fatal globally, are cardiovascular diseases, where over 18 million people succumbed to them in the year, 2017. Even with this gruesome situation being a reality there has been significant progress that has been made in finding new and effective ways of managing cardiovascular diseases and high blood pressure in specific. The key to maintaining low or no rates at all of high blood pressure is focusing on improving and maintaining healthy and productive lifestyles and not waiting to gain the disease and figuring out how exactly to manage the disease.
Prevention, Control and Management.
The sad and inconvenient truth about high blood pressure is that it has no warning signs, yet it can lead to be advance health conditions such as a heart attack, kidney failure or a stroke. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is the first and most effective way of preventing high blood pressure. This will include; going on and staying on a healthy diet, this can be done by starting small by limiting the amount of sodium (salt) and instead, increasing the amount of potassium intake in one’s diet. As well as eating low fat foods and increasing intake of vegetables, fruits and whole grains. The second check box on a healthy lifestyle is engaging in regular exercise. Regular moderately intense aerobic exercise such as brisk walking for about 2 and a half hours a week can not only help one maintain healthy weight but also increase one’s productivity and mood in their day to day work. Individuals who have take a lot of alcohol and smoke as well are at higher risk of getting high blood pressure and gaining additional weight that can lead to obesity. To prevent this, these individuals are encouraged to limit their intake of alcohol and tobacco. Management of stress and learning how to relax has been proven to improve the emotional, mental and physical health of individuals and lower high blood pressure. Techniques that an individual can use are; exercising, listening to music, focusing on something calm or peaceful thoughts, meditating and yoga.
For individuals who have already been diagnosed with high blood pressure or hypertension, there should be no reason to lose hope and let the disease drag you behind in you day to day activities. All the techniques mentioned above and regular medical care and strictly following the prescribed treatment plan will keep one’s blood pressure healthy and effectively help manage the disease