Many of us go about our lives thinking we know what’s good for us, what’s bad for us; what it means to be healthy. But, if we really think about it, do we understand the effects of our lifestyles on our health? For example, what do we know about blood pressure?
High blood pressure isn’t necessarily the first thing you’d think about, especially if you’re under the age of 35 and as heart problems are normally associated with older people. Yet, considering the ways in which we live could have considerable impact on our blood pressure, and that we may be unaware of potential symptoms because they are outwardly unnoticeable, there is reason enough to keep a careful eye on it.
As modern society apparently dictates to us how and when we can fit into our busy schedules that which enables us to live healthy lives, we need to make an avowed effort to make time for our health – before our blood pressure levels go through the roof.
Known as the ‘silent killer’, a rising blood pressure level must be avoided - by understanding your health and controlling your lifestyle – because finding out that it’s too high could come too late. The only way of knowing your blood pressure is to get it tested; invisible symptoms will not warn you that you are on course for further health complications, such as a stroke or heart attack.
Therefore, it is essential that you acknowledge your lifestyle which, if not kept in check, could be a cause for concern . What are you doing that could put you at risk?
According to Lloyds Pharmacy’s recent figures, a study of over 100, 000 tests carried out over the last two years has revealed that up to 70% of adults have high blood pressure, and that less than 1 in 5 people have normal readings.
Ideal blood pressure should read as 120/80. Anything over 140/90 is classed as above normal and potentially dangerous or fatal to your health.
Considering that an increasing and ageing population could put greater pressure on the health services to support it, it is essential to realise that good health should always be encouraged. We cannot assume that we are in good health when we can’t be sure what’s going on inside. Acknowledging and managing your blood pressure level now can save a whole lot of stress - something which you could definitely do without.
So what can you do?
As Dr Leslie Hamilton, a consultant heart surgeon from the Freeman Hospital, in Newcastle, said of high blood pressure, "it’s not dubbed 'the silent killer' for nothing – as a heart surgeon I’m exposed every day to what can do wrong when you don’t take control of your blood pressure."