Ask any good doctor to define hypertension, and they will kindly inform you that it is a common affliction where your blood pressure reaches an inappropriately high level.
An ideal reading gives a systolic value of 120 and diastolic value of 80, otherwise written as 120/80. If your blood pressure persistently measures at above 140/90 then you have high blood pressure, or hypertension.
Before panic sets in, you should know that a person’s blood pressure can occasionally rise above 140/90 in situations where the heart is working harder than normal, such as during stressful times or during exercise. This does not automatically mean that you have high blood pressure. Only consistent measurements above this level suggest hypertension.
High blood pressure can be caused by poor lifestyle factors such as unhealthy eating, no exercise and constantly exposing yourself to stressful environments, but it isn’t always entirely your fault if you have hypertension.
Family History Of Hypertension
If there is a history of high blood pressure in your family, you are more likely to suffer from it in later life.
Also, because as you age - and do not exercise - your blood vessels lose their elasticity and become less flexible, blood pressure raises naturally once you get past a certain age. Around 70% of over seventy year olds have high blood pressure.
Salt is a prime culprit when it comes to raising blood pressure, because the high levels of sodium that is added to processed food (and then added again when we season it) stops the kidneys from working correctly to filter water from your blood, therefore causing higher pressure.
Doctors usually would like to consider some guidelines, blood pressure of the patient related to their family history, age and gender.
Your ideal blood pressure changes depending on your situation, so if you’re worried you have hypertension make sure you speak to your physician first, then follow the guidelines in this website.