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Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is known as the silent killer because you may not present with any symptoms until it is too late and there is significant damage to your heart and arteries. Controlling your blood pressure is important as it is a risk factors to many disease such as a heart attack, stroke, retinopathy and kidney disease to name just a few. The reason for this is that the increase in pressure in your blood puts strain on your other organs which are processing the blood. Therefore, knowing your blood pressure readings are important in staying fit and aware as it plays an important factor in your overall health. There are a few ways you can manage your blood pressure. You can manage it through medication but it is also important that you are following important lifestyle recommendations to help lower your blood pressure.

Accurate blood pressure measurements are vital in treatments and preventions of blood pressure related risks and diseases. Blood pressure readings measure two things:

  1. The pressure that is created in your blood vessels when your heart contract is referred to as Systolic Pressure.
  2. The pressure that’s created when the heart rests between the beats (Diastolic).

Your ideal blood pressure is at 120/80.

If your blood pressure is between 120-139 for your Systolic and 80-89 for your Diastolic then your blood pressure is elevated but you will be able to manage it through lifestyle changes.

If your blood pressure is consistently over 140/90 then you may need medication and lifestyle changes together to help manage it. It is important to note having one high reading does not mean that you have high blood pressure. It needs to be consistently high over several readings as there are several factors that can elevate your blood pressure such as stress, anxiety, exercise and coffee.

Treatment

There are many different medications that can be used to help manage your blood pressure but there are variety of factors which help determine which one is best for you. Some of the factors that are considered in choosing a treatment that is best for you includes cost, you current medical regimen as well as side effects. As well when treating blood pressure it is not uncommon to use more then one medication. The reason for this is by using low doses of two different medications rather then increasing the dose of a single medication is that it helps to lower side effects and is also more effective in reducing your blood pressure.

Lifestyle

There are a variety of lifestyle change you can make to supplement your treatment. They include:

  • Weight Loss
  • Regular Exercise
  • A healthy diet that includes fruits and vegetables
  • Reduction in Salt in your diet
  • Reduction in Alcohol in your diet
  • Reduction of Coffee in your diet
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Reduce your stress and anxiety

At iCare Pharmacy, we are more than happy to help you get on the right track with your blood pressure. Whether it is for your medication or you need some tips in regards to your lifestyle, do not hesitate to contact us!

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