High Blood Presssure Treatment For Better Heart Health

By: verlyn
This article discusses preventative measures that can be taken to lessen your likelihood of incurring high blood pressure. Also, treatments are discussed that may apply if you have already been diagnosed as having this disease.

High blood pressure treatment becomes a necessity once your blood pressure goes over the average for an adult which is in the area of 140/90, keeping in mind a persons age, sex and medical history

Treatment can involve changes in lifestyle and diet or medications. Doctors most often recommend that patients make positive modifications in their lives as the first step in high blood pressure treatment.

For those who have not as yet had a problem with this disease, eating plenty of fruits, vegetables is encouraged as is consuming low-fat and fat-free dairy products. A diet such as this contains rich quantities of calcium, magnesium, protein and potassium while also being low in saturated fat, overall fat and cholesterol

Blood pressure in some individuals can be lowered by decreasing how much salt (or sodium) they consume on a daily basis. This simply means eating fewer foods that are salty and not adding any table salt to food for flavoring purposes.

High blood pressure treatment in regards to lifestyle changes frowns on excessive drinking. Drinking more than one ounce of pure alcohol or what constitutes as two drinks a day for males and one drink daily for females is likely to elevate blood pressure. Drink less per day or limit yourself to only a couple of drinks per week

Quitting smoking is also advisable as smoking weakens the circulatory system and constricts blood flow.

Incorporating physical activity into your life on a daily basis is a lifestyle change that can tremendously lower high blood pressure as can losing weight. Obesity is a risk factor for both men and women when it comes to both high blood pressure as well as other diseases of the circulatory system.

Sometimes the aforementioned types of lifestyle high blood pressure treatment options are not sufficient to lower blood pressure enough to normalize it. In that case doctors must introduce their patients to another category of treatment, which is forms of medication.

There are different kinds of high blood pressure medication that can be prescribed for patients. They include two major groups- diuretics and beta-blockers. Diuretics get rid of excess sodium and fluids from the body while beta-blockers decrease the rate at which the heart beats and also reduce the amount of blood that is circulated from the heart.

Other medications commonly prescribed for high blood pressure are angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE), angiotensin II receptor blockers and calcium channel blockers (also known as calcium antagonists). There is also another type of medication known as sympathetic nerve inhibitors. The last type of medicinal treatment is a category of drugs known as vasodilators.
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