Within industrialized society, cardiovascular diseaseâ€”heart disease, stroke, and atherosclerosisâ€”is responsible for 43.8% of deaths in the U.S. Youâ€™re more at risk of becoming one of those statistics if you have abnormally high blood pressure. Unfortunately, aging increases the chance of having high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, making it even more important to take control of it sooner rather than later.
How do you know if you have abnormally high blood pressure? People with hypertension are over 140/90 mm Hg (a pressure reading measuring millimeters of mercury), while normal blood pressure will range from 100/70 to 120/80. The higher number is the systolic blood pressure, which indicates blood pressure while the heart is pumping, and the lower number represents the diastolic blood pressure at rest between heartbeats. It is common for older adults to have high systolic pressure.
There are several important factors to consider when you have high blood pressure. Most men have an increased chance of hypertension before age 55, while women are more likely to experience high blood pressure after menopause. Weight, diet, lack of exercise, family history, stress, race, and smoking are also contributing factors for hypertension.
The good news is there are natural ways to control high blood pressure without embracive medication. Keep reading to find out what you can do to keep your hypertension in check naturally and effectively.
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