Hypertension is considered as the number one contributing risk factor for global deaths, causing strokes, heart attacks, and other cardiovascular complications. Read on to discover facts about hypertension you must know by now.
Together with the International Society of Hypertension and the Department of Health, the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development promote this year’s Hypertension Awareness Month theme: #KnowYourNumbers, which calls everyone to always check their blood pressure.
Aside from the theme: #KnowYourNumber, here’s an additional fact and trivia about Hypertension :
Fact 1: 1 in 3 people with high blood pressure doesn’t know he or she have hypertension .
Fact 2: High blood pressure is the biggest risk factor of stroke.
Fact 3: Each year, stroke kills twice as many cancer patients.
Know Your Limits
If you show signs of hypertension, or someone from your family suffers from this condition, here are the general tips you must consider before it’s too late:
- Lose extra pounds and take the time to measure your waistline. Measuring your waistline doesn’t mean that you’re just after a fit body. Blood pressure often increases as weight increases and could be a sign of hypertension if not being monitored.
- Learn to manage stress and get check-ups regularly. Once you see your blood pressure is below or above the normal level, the first thing you must do is to consult your doctor and take the prescribed medications for hypertension. But it is still recommended that as early as possible, you visit your doctor regularly to monitor and keep track of your health.
- Supplements with natural ingredients only. To choose the best hypertension supplement for you, consider natural ingredients as a sign of premium, safe, and effective maintenance for your hypertension. Supplements that have a synthetic and unknown source of ingredients may even add complications to your health.
Have A Hearty Meal
- Incorporate garlic, herbs, and other spices to some of your food. It doesn’t just make your food more savory, it can also help you normalize your blood pressure level.
- Don’t add salt. Salt in your food could harm your body without moderation. Try slowly removing salt to your food.
- Avoid alcohol and smoking. Both habits increase the risk of developing hypertension, or high blood pressure, which in turn increases the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. The effects of smoking and drinking on hypertension are well-known — both can have dramatic effects on heart health and blood pressure levels.
These are just few of thousands of information about hypertension.