Keeping a healthy blood pressure is worth discussing. When it comes to blood pressure, 120/80 mmHg is “perfect,” or “the healthiest” right? Well, not exactly. The 120/80 mmHg is technically the borderline between normal and elevated blood pressure. Therefore 120/80 mmHg is not the ideal or the healthiest blood pressure reading, but it is not bad.
It might sound like we’re splitting hairs, but hypertension is a lot more dangerous than impaired vision. According to William Kofi Bosu and Dary Kojo Bosu, hypertension is a crucial public health issue in Ghana, and it is a primary cause of hospitalization and mortality. More than 100 million Americans are hypertensive, according to the American Heart Association.
It’s not all bad news, though. High blood pressure is largely preventable and treatable. It all starts with making the correct lifestyle and nutritional choices. It is also good to go for regular medical checkups. With this, you can prevent yourself from getting hypertension and detect it earlier when you have it.
Arm yourself with knowledge on the causes, risks factors, prevention, and the treatment of this common foe. This way, you can keep the numbers in a healthy range (that’s below 120/80 mmHg, for the record). Get tips from Sports Science Gh on how to recognize when your blood pressure is not within the normal range, and what to do.
Your doctor checks your blood pressure at each visit because it’s a key indicator of your health. But beyond the numbers on your medical report, how much do you really know about blood pressure at the basic level?
In layman’s terms, blood pressure (BP) is a measure of how hard your blood is pushing on the walls of your arteries as it moves through your body. The top (systolic) number gauges the pressure when your heart is beating, while the bottom (diastolic) number represents the pressure when your heart is resting between pumps.
High blood pressure means the systolic (top) reading is 130 or higher and your diastolic (bottom) reading is 80 or higher. Every fluid in the body requires pressure to move just like the blood. However, when the blood pressure is high it’s an indication of a narrowed path of the blood. When the path of fluid is narrowed or constricted, there is an increase in how fast the fluid flows out, and how hard the fluid pushes against the walls of the pathway. This is similar to how humans get hypertension.
Whatever the cause may be, hypertension doesn’t usually have any symptoms, which isn’t a good thing. Hypertension is often called the “silent killer” because it can lead to heart attack, stroke, and coronary artery disease, among other conditions, with little to no warning.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, as the saying goes, and preventing high blood pressure is no exception to that rule.
That’s especially true for people at higher risk for developing the condition, such as African Americans and those with a family history of hypertension. Even if you’re prone to high BP, though, there’s plenty you can do to keep your numbers from sliding into the red. The Centre for Disease Control (CDC), recommends the following ways to prevent high blood pressure: