Minggu, 27 Januari 2013

Control Of Blood Pressure

To prevent a stroke or a heart attack, and reduce the damage to internal organs, it is important to establish an objective which aims to support blood pressure. Many people realize this goal by using physicians, pharmacists, members of their family and friends.
Antihypertensive treatment always involves changes to your lifestyle and your diet. If your blood pressure is not reduced by changes in your lifestyle and your diet only or if its initial value is very high, your doctor may add a medication treatment. Even with the addition of a drug partnership lifestyle-diet remains a component of treatment against this disorder.

Taking a drug

Taking antihypertensive medication will help a person to achieve the goal of targeting lower blood pressure and the risk of complications associated with them.
A person taking an antihypertensive medication does not necessarily feel any different. You might be experiencing mild side effects during the initial period, when the blood pressure begins to fall within the normal range, but they most likely disappear. Your antihypertensive drug should not make you feel better or worse, and if you are experiencing side effects persist you should discuss with your doctor or pharmacist.
To ensure that the drug is effective, it is important to:
  • respect the time of your medication
  • take your medicine even if you feel well;
  • follow the instructions of your prescriber, in most cases, for the rest of your life;
  • renew your prescriptions;
  • know what interactions may occur with other drugs and substances (eg. alcohol in some cases, grapefruit juice for calcium antagonists).
If you have questions about your blood pressure medication, consult your pharmacist or doctor.

Tips for a healthy diet

A choice always concentrates on healthy foods. This is even more important when it comes to treating hypertension.
Choose other foods than you normally eat is a great way to try to lower your blood pressure. Consumption of healthier foods with you when you go out and play an important role in achieving the goal is lowering your blood pressure. Here are some tips for lifestyle changes to lower your blood pressure:
  • Limit your alcohol consumption:
    • no more than 2 drinks per day (or no more than 3 drinks on special occasions) to a maximum of 10 per week for women,
    • no more than 3 drinks per day (or no more than 4 drinks on special occasions) to a maximum of 15 drinks per week for men.
  • Adopt a balanced diet (eg. increase the amount of fruits, vegetables and grains);
  • Consult your doctor or pharmacist before joining foods or supplements rich in potassium in your diet;
  • Read food labels for additional information on the nutrients in the foods you eat;
  • Reduce your intake of saturated fats and cholesterol whenever possible (eg. choose lean cuts of meat and avoid foods that contain saturated fats);
  • less salt your food;
  • Develop menus rich in dietary fiber;           
  • Eat more whole grains and vegetable proteins.
A diet that has been designed for people with hypertension is called the DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension). This diet promotes increased consumption of cereals, fruits, vegetables, low fat dairy products and reduced salt intake. Before considering to follow this diet, it is important to discuss with your doctor.
Visit the website of Health Canada for a copy of Canada's Food Guide will provide you with additional information on a healthy diet.

The practice of physical exercise

You should aim for at least 150 minutes of physical activity in the form of exercises oxygĂ©nisants a moderate to vigorous week. Try to practice different activities such as brisk walking, dancing, jogging, cycling, water aerobics, tennis and Nordic skiing. You draw more benefits from exercise if you are active for at least 10 minutes each time.
Physical activity helps you:
  • burn calories;
  • improve your mood and emotions;
  • lower your blood pressure;
  • keep your heart healthy;
  • reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes;
  • relieve stress.
It is not as difficult as some people believe to incorporate physical activity into your lifestyle. Even mild to moderate activities like housework and walking can count on. More physically active you are, the more you will see the benefits. Talk with your doctor about how you can increase your level of physical activity, and what you advise, given your medical history.

The self-measurement at home

Taking blood pressure at home is a way to regularly monitor blood pressure between appointments with the doctor. This tracking method helps people attteintes hypertension play an active role in their treatment. In order to acquire your own meter blood pressure, you should determine the type that suits you best. You will find that there are many types of autotensiomètres. Ask your pharmacist or your doctor.
Made between the automesures appointment with the doctor can be very helpful to track your progress, but medical consultations are needed to verify the effectiveness of all aspects of treatment and achieve the goal blood pressure values ​​was more bass.
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