The Dangers of High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is often referred to as the ‘silent killer’ because it develops gradually and can be detected through a medical checkup only. If not detected and treated on time, this condition may cause damage to many organs. Persistent high blood pressure can lead to serious complications, like strokes, heart attacks, kidney failure, vision problems, etc.
Almost 90% of high blood pressure cases occur without any cause, while the rest can be attributed to other medical conditions like tumors and kidney diseases. Usually, high blood pressure does not produce any symptoms, but sometimes, it can cause dizziness, headache, nausea and vomiting. Fortunately, with treatment and lifestyle changes, you can control your high blood pressure to reduce your risk of life-threatening complications.
Walking Decreases Risk of High Blood Pressure
New studies have shown that even a little bit of weekly exercise is enough to lower blood pressure and improve overall fitness. In fact, the results showed that 30 minutes of walking three times a week was enough to have a healthy effect on blood pressure as well as measurements around the waist and hip.
Becoming more active can also lower your systolic blood pressure — the top number in a blood pressure reading — by an average of 5 to 10 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg). That’s as good as some blood pressure medications. For some people, getting some exercise is enough to reduce the need for blood pressure medication.
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