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How To Lower Your Blood Pressure Without Medication
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a condition that usually requires medication in order to keep it under control. There are significant changes you can easily make to your life so that you won’t have to take blood pressure medications in order to keep your numbers in line.
What can happen if your blood pressure is too high?
A study from Harvard shows that having high blood pressure in the United States is the cause of over 15% of the deaths that occur every year. If your blood pressure is too high you could end up with any of the following conditions:
- Heart attack
- Kidney failure
- Cognitive decline
What are normal blood pressure readings?
Your blood pressure reading is made up of two important numbers. The first number is the top number also known as the systolic pressure. The bottom number is the diastolic blood pressure. When you put them together, you will have your blood pressure readings to determine if you have hypertension or not.
Normally, your blood pressure readings should be:
- Normal – systolic under 120; diastolic under 80
- Hypertension – 120-139/80-89
- High Blood Pressure (stage 1) – 140-159/90-99
- High Blood Pressure (stage 2) 160 or more/100 or more
Hypertensive – More than 180/110, if your reading reaches these numbers you need to seek medical attention right away. If you already take blood pressure medication, ask your doctor if you should take one to bring your numbers down. This article tells you the best ways to lower your blood pressure without medication.
1. Lose weight
If you are overweight it will affect your health in a number of ways, blood pressure is among them. If you just lose about 10 pounds you will see your blood pressure come down. Another area you need to check is your waistline. For men, make sure that your waist doesn’t measure more than 40 inches and for women, keep the measurement of your waist at less than 35 inches.
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