Diets for High Blood Pressure and Your Heart
Are you following a heart healthy diet already?
Simply reducing calories, eating less fat, or cutting down
on salt is not enough! Getting the right balance of other key
nutrients in your diet can make a real difference. Your
plan will give you the right balance of important nutrients for
controlling blood pressure and for losing weight (if needed) so
that you get the healthy results you need. We consider your
individual health factors and make it part of your plan.
15 - Good News
is a definite risk for high blood pressure, but the good news is
that losing the first 10-15 pounds has the greatest effect upon
risk factors like high blood pressure, high blood sugar and high
When you follow a
diet plan, you'll be
increasing potassium and calcium and reducing sodium while you
reach your weight goal. When you reduce calories, important
minerals that play a role in controlling blood pressure are
reduced as well, so we emphasize foods that contain these
important nutrients and make recommendations for getting the
right amounts of these key foods that play a role in keeping
blood pressure within healthy limits.
Is your blood pressure greater
There are some important New Guidelines for high blood
pressure. In May 2003, the National Heart Lung and Blood Institutes issued new
guidelines for managing and treating high blood pressure (hypertension). This
expert panel targets those with blood pressure in the "prehypertension"
range because new evidence shows that risk of cardiovascular disease begins at
lower levels of blood pressure than was once thought. Now, those with blood
pressure greater than 120/80 (either number above this level) and below 140/90
are considered prehypertensive and are encouraged to make major lifestyle
changes to reduce their risk of developing high blood pressure and
you are overweight
lose weight; learn how
to keep it off
and gain some insight by reading this:
diet rich in potassium,
calcium & lower in sodium (ex.
regular physical activity (realistic
activity programs like our Moving More™
Drinking alcohol in moderation (2 or less drinks per day)
A Vital Force
Pressure is the natural force exerted by the blood against the
walls of the arteries. It is expressed by two numbers and
measured in millimeters of mercury( mm/Hg) i.e. 120/80 mm/Hg.
The top number (systolic blood pressure, SBP) represents the
force of the blood when the heart pumps it; the bottom number
(diastolic blood pressure, DBP) is the residual force of
the blood when the heart is at rest. Blood pressure
varies throughout the day. High blood pressure, or
hypertension , occurs when it remains at or above 140/90.
There are usually no clear symptoms associated with high blood
pressure. It, too, is a silent risk factor for heart
disease. It is very easy to detect with a special cuff.
An optimal blood
pressure has been identified as a systolic of less than 120 (in
mm Hg) and diastolic less then 80 (in mm Hg), typically written
as 120/80. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is identified
as a systolic of 140 or greater OR a diastolic of 90
Don't wait until
it's too late!
of 4 Americans, about 50-60 million, have high blood pressure.
African Americans and the elderly have proportionately higher
blood pressure than whites and the young. About half the
population in the U.S. has hypertension by age 74. For a
small percentage of those, high blood pressure is due to kidney
problems or narrowing of the aorta, the main artery leading away
from the heart, or to tumors of the adrenal glands. For
95% of people with high blood pressure the causes of
hypertension are not known: it is called primary or "essential"
Increased Risks -
pressure is one of the major risk factors for heart disease &
45-74 with a DBP of 100 have 2 times the risk of stroke as
women with DBP of 70-79.
pressure can lead to kidney disease or kidney failure.
high blood pressure should make sure that your children
limit their salt intake, exercise and control their weight.
These measures will decrease their chances of developing
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