In the medical and wellness fields High blood pressure (hypertension) has often been referred to as the “Silent Killer” because blood pressure can be elevated for several years and go unnoticed. For many there are no symptoms. Others may feel edgy, they may even call it stress but they do not realize they need to see a doctor. Unfortunately they feel edgy because their arteries are narrowing; their blood has less space to pass through, so their blood pressure goes up. For some, the first symptom is a stroke.
Once detected, high blood pressure is easily controlled but it is important to
diagnose the problem before it damages the inside of your arteries. Routine
blood pressure checks are vital to your health. High blood pressure damages the
inside of the arteries making it very easy for plaque to build leading to heart
disease, vascular disease and stroke.
High blood pressure is easily controlled by medication, but there are also many
things that we can do to lower our blood pressure.
- Engage in moderate, enjoyable, physical ativity 30 minutes, daily.
- Follow a heart healthy diet with no more than 23oo mg of sodium daily. If you are over 50 limit sodium to 1500 daily. See the National Cholesterol Education Program Eating Plan, NCEP or the Mayo Clinics eating plan.
- If you are overweight, be patient, lose through lifestyle change so that you can easily maintain your goal weight.
- If you smoke, STOP! See your doctor to help you through the smoking cessation process. There are medications, patches, NLP, hypnosis, and many other tools to help you succeed.
- Manage your stress. Life Coaches have a lot of skills to help you in this area.
- Practice relaxation techniques. Meditation, listening to relaxation CDs and Reiki are all good forms of relaxation.
- A recent survey from the American Psychology Association shows that lifestyle change is markedly more successful when you have the right kind of support around you. This would also suggest that a life coach would increase your chances of success in modifying your risk factors for high blood pressure.
Rehabilitation for many years as an exercise physiologist teaching lifestyle change and stress management. I also was a key member in opening a lipid clinic in Auburn,
Washington. I know I can help you with all of your risk factors.
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