“You may not be aware of having high blood pressure, meanwhile it can be putting extra strain on your blood vessels and heart, and lead to serious health conditions. Get your pressure checked regularly.”
says Professor Dr. med. Verena Briner of Waldhotel Health & Medical Excellence.
The good news is high blood pressure is often a lifestyle issue, so we can reverse or at least improve the situation and live a longer, healthier life.
What do numbers mean?
Blood pressure is recorded with two mmHg measurements (millimetres of mercury). The higher number is the force at which your heart pumps blood around your body - systolic pressure. The lower number is your diastolic blood pressure when your heart is at rest between heartbeats – diastolic pressure.
Healthy blood pressure is generally considered to be between 90/60mmHg and 130/85mmHg, it does vary by individual and daytime. Anything above 130/85mmHg is considered high blood pressure, (hypertension). If you’re over 150/90mmHg treatment is most likely required. Blood pressure over 160/100 definitely needs treatment.
Serious impact of hypertension
It is possible not to have symptoms for a long time, however, when arteriosclerosis occurs (narrowed or clogged arteries) and the blood flow is insufficient there will be warning signs. It may cause chest pain, transient palsy, speech problems, shortness of breath. . Persistent high blood pressure can increase your risk of life-threatening conditions including heart failure and strokes, brain haemorrhage, kidney disease and vascular dementia. Reducing your blood pressure step by step will improve your health in the long term.
The good news
High blood pressure is avoidable. There are causes other than lifestyle, such as thyroid, kidney and adrenal gland problems. In any case, it is about the choices you make in your diet and exercise to improve. You’ve heard it before but you can be healthier and lower blood pressure with seven steps:
1. Choose a healthy diet, avoiding processed foods
2. Put less salt in your food
3. Reduce alcohol consumption
4. Reduce stress
5. Give up smoking
6. Manage your weight
7. Exercise regularly, at least 3 hours a week
Monitor your blood pressure
You should regularly take your blood pressure as the symptoms of hypertension are often not felt until you have a health problem. If you don’t visit your doctor regularly you can buy a blood pressure monitor for your home, they are easy to use. Make sure you’ve had ten minutes of rest before taking measurements and look for a normal reading of around 130/85mmHg or less.
Prevention is better than cure
The Waldhotel Check-up programme begins with a review of your medical history before an in-depth clinical analysis with heart stress test. The causes of high blood pressure will be identified and a suitable programme recommended. There are fitness and weight loss programmes, detox and destress spa treatments while the Cooking Lab will kick start new eating habits. The Alpine surroundings with fresh mountain air are always an inspiration to embrace a new healthier lifestyle.