High Blood Pressure For Dummies®, Pocket Edition by Laura L. Smith

By Laura L. Smith

Practical thoughts to get your blood strain below control

High blood strain could cause loads of illnesses. this convenient pocket advisor explains how basic way of life adjustments may also help decrease your blood strain, and it brings you modern on blood strain drugs. Written via a practising healthcare professional with a long time of expertise, you will get useful info you could positioned to take advantage of immediately. it really is simply what you want to decrease your blood strain and believe great!

Open the publication and find:

  • Why hypertension is undesirable for you

  • Ways to degree your blood strain properly

  • Guidance on utilizing blood strain medications

  • Tips for decreasing on salt and quitting smoking

  • The fundamentals of beginning an workout program

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But what’s good for the kidneys may not be good for the brain or the blood vessels themselves. That’s when the consequences of high blood pressure occur (described in Chapter 3). Comprehending the Numbers When your doctor says, “Your blood pressure is 135 over 85,” for example, what do the numbers really mean? The first number is the systolic blood pressure (SBP) — the amount of pressure in your arteries as the heart pumps. Systole is the rhythmic contraction of your heart muscle when it’s expelling blood from your left ventricle — the large chamber on the left side of your heart.

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According to the National Institutes of Health, one of every six deaths (425,425 total) in the United States each year is the result of atherosclerosis of the arteries to the heart, resulting in a lethal heart attack. 255 million. About 171⁄2 million people in the United States have chest pain associated with coronary atherosclerosis, a heart attack, or some other form of coronary atherosclerosis. Due to the greater prevalence of high blood pressure among the African American population, this group has a higher rate of coronary heart disease than any other ethnic group.

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