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Ask The Trainer:"Why does blood pressure matter?"

Mar 19, 2019

Christian Agudelo, ACSM - CPT

About 76 million adult Americans have high blood pressure, or hypertension. That means they have a top (systolic) number of 140 or higher or a bottom (diastolic) number of 90 or higher. Most of them don't have their blood pressure under control.

Inflammation of the body's arteries resulting from high blood pressure creates a magnet for cholesterol and other substances that form artery-injuring plaque. When plaque ruptures, clots form that can cut off blood flow to the heart which can cause a heart attack or to the brain which can result in a stroke.

Living healthfully can help you prevent and treat high blood pressure. You can help control your blood pressure by maintaining a healthy weight, eating lots of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and limiting saturated fat restricting sodium to no more than 2,300 milligrams (mg) a day.

Earvin Bahena, NSCA - CSCS

Blood pressure is an important vital sign in your body that can be a precursor for future health problems. Roughly around 1 in every 3 adults in the US have high blood pressure, while it is normal for your blood pressure to go up and down due to stress, exercise or foods you eat, a constant high blood pressure is not. When you have high blood pressure, your heart is working overtime and the high blood force can damage your blood vessels and the walls in your arteries. Life threatening diseases like heart failure, heart attack and kidney failure can arise from high blood pressure. There are several ways to help reduce your chances of getting high blood pressure or to help lower it. Getting on an exercise program can help you manage your weight and help reduce stress levels as well as strengthen your heart. You can also maintain a well balanced diet that is low in salt, eliminating smoking and limiting alcohol consumption.

Spencer O'Neil, NASM- CPT

High Blood Pressure can be known as a silent killer because it can go regularly unchecked with almost zero warning signs and end up leading to heart attack or stroke. Hypertension causes our heart to overwork and eventually lose strength.Thankfully through exercise and proper nutrition we are able to naturally lower it and give our heart the best chance of success. Monitoring your sodium intake as well as getting in enough vegetables will lower your chances of hypertension. Getting in 8-10 servings of veggies in can lower your blood pressure up to 10 points alone. The importance of regular exercise regarding lowering blood pressure cannot be stressed enough. The heart is like any other muscle, we have to appropriately stress it for it to strengthen and increase longevity. Hypertension can be hereditary so it is important to check with family members to see if it runs in your family.


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