High blood pressure, or hypertension, occurs when your blood, in high force, pushes against your blood vessel walls.
Your circulatory system carries oxygenated blood throughout your body. Your heart beats and creates a pressure that pushes blood through your blood vessels, arteries, capillaries, and veins.
The blood pressure is systolic pressure and diastolic pressure at work.
Systolic pressure occurs as blood pumps away from your heart and into the arteries of your circulatory system.
Diastolic pressure happens when your heart rests between heart beats.
The two forces are recorded and displayed as numbers in a blood pressure reading.
High blood pressure can be particularly harmful. It overworks your heart and blood vessels. Over time, the friction and the force involved with high blood pressure cause destruction to the tissues inside your arteries.
This could be exacerbated by a lack of vitamin K in your diet, an important vitamin found in foods such as leafy greens, Brussel sprouts, cabbages, asparagus, and strawberries.
Vitamin K promotes elasticity in your blood vessels, and many experts say it prevents heart disease.
As the lining of your arteries is damaged and stiffens, and small LDL cholesterol particles are oxidized by sugar, they can become trapped in the inflamed lining, which worsens inflammation and causes plaques to form and arteries to narrow.
Since high sugar consumption causes inflammation, oxidizes LDL particles, spikes blood sugar levels, and increases your risk for heart disease, reducing your sugar intake is recommended.
The more severe consequences of high blood pressure can be:
There are numerous treatments and lifestyle changes you can implement at home to control your blood pressure and lower it to a healthier level.
Some of these treatments and lifestyle changes include:
The practitioners at Modern Concepts Medical Group use a patient-centered, individualized approach to treating high blood pressure. Call or book an appointment online to find out more.
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