How to Lower Blood Pressure

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Alfred Guerrero
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English 106
12/10/2013

How to Lower High Blood Pressure
Alfred Guerrero
American Intercontinental University

Abstract
High blood pressure can lead to other health problems if it goes uncontrolled. This article explains what blood pressure is in order to offer an understanding of high blood pressure. The long-term detrimental effects of high blood pressure or “hypertension” are discussed. Ways to lowering blood pressure are offered from a nurse’s perspective and experience along with suggested lifestyle changes. Keywords: blood pressure, systolic, diastolic, hypertension, smoking, overweight, anti-hypertensives, BMI What is Blood Pressure?
Blood pressure is the measured as the force of blood that pumps in the arteries. It is measured in two numbers such as 120/80, 110/60, 118/70, etc. The top number is referred to the systolic blood pressure and the bottom number is referred to as the diastolic blood pressure. Systolic blood pressure is the action of the heart as it pumps blood throughout the body. Diastolic blood pressure is the heart at its relaxed state. Normal blood pressure is 120/80. Anything above that is referred to high blood pressure or hypertension. High blood pressure is divided into two stages.
What is Hypertension?
Hypertension (in medical terms) or high blood pressure is persistent elevated pressure on the walls of the arteries. There are two stages depending on the numbers obtained from a blood pressure reading.
Pre-Hypertension is a reading between 120/80 and 140/90. This is considered pre-hypertension. These numbers are starting to be followed more closely and recent guidelines have been introduced by health institutions. “Starting as low as 115/75, the risk of heart attack and stroke doubles for every 20-point jump in systolic blood pressure or every 10-point rise in…...

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