A-Z of health B – Blood Pressure

High Blood Pressure (hypertension) is diagnosed when there is a sustained elevated BP of >140/90. Hypertension causes exaggerated arterial pressure either during systole and/or diastole. This basically means your heart has to work a lot harder to pump the blood around the body.

High Blood pressure (or hypertension) is one of the biggest contributory factors towards coronary heart disease, yet many have this due to diet and lifestyle choices;

The modifiable risk factors for the prevention of coronary heart disease are: –

  • Smoking
  • Inactivity
  • Obesity
  • Diet
  • Excess Alcohol
  • Stress
  • High Cholesterol
  • Diabetes

If you have Type 2 Diabetes you are at an increased risk of heart disease and stroke (approx. twice as likely).

British Heart Foundation

I can work with you to provide hints and tips for foods which can help you to manage hypertension, thus reducing your risk of CHD (coronary heart disease).

Many people are scared of fats and don’t eat them but these fats are essential for overall health and cardiovascular support.

There are many lifestyle factors which heavily influence on blood pressure.  Being more active doesn’t mean that you need to go and join a gym or run a marathon, simply being more active can have a big impact on reducing your blood pressure.  Depending on the readings you may need to seek additional advice from your GP before starting any exercise regime.

A by-product of being more active is that you will also reduce any stress that may be exacerbating your high blood pressure, exercise releases feel-good hormones making you feel happier, it also encourages good quality sleep. 

Sleep is crucial for overall health and is an isolated risk factor for coronary heart disease.

This information is intended as a guide, if you have any health concerns I would suggest a GP visit although a GP is not qualified nor do they have the time to discuss nutritional issues at the level which is required.

I have a heart health webinar – check the webinar schedule and the best thing to do with concerns surrounding you or a family member is to take action. Many of the issues surrounding lifestyle diseases are preventable and I can help you to shape your future to be a healthy one. Contact me for a chat.


About the author of this blog

Louise Mercieca is a multi award-winning author on children’s nutrition with her book ‘How Food Shapes Your Child’ winning the Parenting award in Janey Lee Grace’s Platinum awards.

Louise has also won a SBS or Small Business Sunday award from Theo Paphitis and was recently crowned as Queen of Child Nutrition in the #Queenof Twitter awards.

Louise has worked as a Nutritional Therapist for 8 years supporting hundreds of clients and does take on a limited number of personal coaching clients each month – contact Louise to discuss this. Louise has also created an accessible and affordable webinar schedule covering many topics discussed in this A-Z post series.

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