High Blood Pressure and Cholesterol
Studies have shown that there is a clear link between high blood pressure and cholesterol. Your blood pressure is the force exerted on your blood vessel walls when your heart beats. Normal blood pressure is usually considered to be 120/80 mm Hg, or 120 over 80. High blood pressure is anything greater than 140/90. Cholesterol is a natural substance created by the body that is used to maintain healthy cells. However, high cholesterol can cause a buildup of plaque along the arteries that can cause thickening and hardening of the arterial walls, constricting the flow of blood.
When experienced in conjunction with one another, high blood pressure and cholesterol become problematic because they result in a significant increase of the chances for a heart attack or stroke. High blood pressure puts extra strain on the heart and liver, and when high blood pressure is coupled with high cholesterol, even more strain is added.
There are multiple factors that can affect your chances of suffering from high blood pressure and cholesterol. Some can be controlled and some that can't. Factors like your age, gender, and family medical history cannot be controlled, but all play a role in your risk of developing these conditions. However, there are other factors, such as diet, lifestyle, and weight that can be altered by the individual to help reduce risk.
Some techniques that may help lower your risk of developing high blood pressure and cholesterol include:
If you are concerned about high blood pressure and your cholesterol health, taking steps to reduce your cholesterol risk as well as consulting with a health care professional who is familiar with these conditions may be able to help you lead a happier and healthier life.
- Dietary changes - Lower your intake of saturated fats, increase your unsaturated fats (monosaturated), and eliminate trans fats.
- Exercise - Regular physical active can not only help you lose weight and feel better, but keep your heart healthy and blood pressure at an acceptable level. There is a clear link between obesity and heart disease, so maintaning a healthy weight is very important.
- Kicking bad habits - Smoking, drinking alcohol, and eating junk food all can increase your risks of developing these conditions.