HOW YOU CAN AFFECT YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE STORY
You can affect your blood pressure story because in our bodies we have processes we can control. There are also processes we cannot control. There are miracles happening every second of every day. Our heart beat is one of these. Our heart takes its direction from our autonomic (involuntary) nervous system. As long as it beats, oxygen goes to our brain and our brain, hormonal and nervous systems sustain life. There are factors that affect the flow of blood through our body, and some of them we can control or change.
Before I became a nurse, no one had ever taken the time to simplify and explain to me exactly what blood pressure is. I was 32-years-old when I became an RPN and I was overweight, but young and active enough that blood pressure was not an issue for me. I will take a few seconds here and explain what blood pressure is.
EXACTLY WHAT IS BLOOD PRESSURE?
The blood pressure reading that your Primary Provider takes is a ratio of the pressure your blood exerts on your arteries. This is known as arterial pressure. The top number relates to systolic blood pressure. This is the amount of pressure exerted on your artery while the heart is contracting and at work. The bottom number is the diastolic blood pressure and this is the pressure exerted on your artery while you heart is at rest. Your heart beat is a contraction and a rest, a contraction and a rest, repeated over and over. Simply put, the top number is measured during the beat and the bottom number during the rest.
The well-known standard is 120/80 mmHg. If your blood pressure is higher than that, this means your heart is having to work too hard to pump your blood through your body. This is why high blood pressure can be life threatening. The harder your heart has to work, the more likely it is to tire and become ill sooner.
You may sometimes hear that the bottom number is the more crucial part of the blood pressure ratio. This is because if this number is high it means that while at rest the blood in your body is exerting too much pressure on your arteries and veins.
I hope this has explained blood pressure to you and helped you understand its import. Now let’s talk about what you can do to help that blood flow easily through your body during activity and at rest. When you are healthy and well, your heart beats less times per minute. When you are healthy and well the blood pumped through your heart and arteries has an easier chore to undertake.
SOME THINGS YOU CAN DO
1. Control your weight.
2. Exercise regularly.
3. Eat a healthy, balanced, moderate diet.
4. Reduce sodium intake.
5. Watch, control or change habits such as alcohol consumption, smoking or caffeine intake.
6. Increase the fun and calming things you do to relax. This will help stress.
7. You can monitor blood pressure at home. If your blood pressure cannot become controlled via these means, there are medications to help.
An important thing I have yet to mention is genetic makeup. You can do all of the above things perfectly in order to control your blood pressure and it may remain unstable or high. Sometimes our genetic structure is overbearing and too hard to fight. That is often the case if you have done all the right things and yet your blood pressure remains high and why sometimes medication is the only choice.
In my case, there is the genetic make up to trigger high blood pressure. This is not surprising to me because there is obesity in my genetic makeup too. My blood pressure remains normal at rest. Liquid intake, movement, and a plant-based diet all help this remain in control, as do some other factors.
Please remember, answering the question how you can affect your blood pressure is between you and your Primary care Provider. I am not your Primary Care Provider. This information is in no way a substitute for his/her guidance. This article is for supplementary information/entertainment purposes only and you MUST take these things up with medical advisors if you have concerns.
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