High blood pressure could be a silent killer waiting to strike unless you have had your blood pressure checked. Most of us wouldn’t think to have our blood pressure checked but if you fall into any of the risk categories below, then it’s worth speaking to your nurse or GP.
High blood pressure has links to heart attacks and strokes and blood pressure readings of 120/80mmHg and 140/80mmHg are shown to be risk of onset of high blood pressure.
Who’s at Risk ?
- Elderly over 65 and the risk increases as we get older
- Anyone who has a family history of HBP
- High intake of salt in your diet
- Lack of exercise
- Anyone who is overweight
- Smokers and anyone who has high intake of alcohol
- Anyone who suffers from sleep deprivation
Why is it bad?
Too high a blood pressure puts extra strain on your blood vessels, your heart, organs, kidneys and eyes. Blood pressure is also linked with life threatening conditions such as heart disease, heart attacks, strokes, heart failure, peripheral arterial diseases and kidney disease. There are many attributes which can cause you to develop high blood pressure and these include; ageing (particularly over 65), if you are overweight, if you have a high salt and low vegetable diet, if you do not exercise regularly – this includes walking and if you consume alcohol daily.
If you already suffer from HBP or feel that the above apply to you, the best way to manage or prevent this is by making better lifestyle choices. These can include:
- Lose weight
- Cut down on alcohol
- Stop smoking
- Cut down salt intake
- Incorporate a small amount of exercise daily
- Decrease caffeine intake
- Cut out medicines such as beta blockers, ace inhibitors and diuretics
As an experienced personal training gym in Glasgow, we have worked with a number of clients who have previously suffered with high blood pressure and a training regime with a qualified personal trainer, including weekly sessions has improved their blood pressure. If this is something you are considering, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Ricky on firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 07725988144.
Please always consult a doctor before taking any medication.