Blood Pressure

Keeping Your Blood Pressure as Low as the Weather!

Winter is here and out have come those jackets from the back of the cupboard. But remember your body temperature is the only thing that you should be increasing this winter.

High blood pressure (or hypertension) is the most common of all the conditions of the circulatory system. In 2003, high blood pressure was the greatest attributor to the burden of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) accounting for 42.1% of CVD’s total burden.

In 2014 and 2015, near 6 million Australians (34%) aged 18 years old and over had high blood pressure. Of these, more than two thirds (68%) had uncontrolled or unmanaged high blood pressure (not taking medication), representing 4 million adult Australians.

How Do You Know?

Chiropractor measuring blood pressure

You need to have your blood pressure measured.  People with Hypertension may have no symptoms.   1 in 3 complains of throbbing headaches, visual problems, nose bleeds, trouble breathing, fits or blackouts; whilst 2 out of 3 feel fine. Unless detected and treated raised blood pressure can cause heart, kidney and blood vessel damage resulting in illness and potentially may be life threatening

What do blood pressure numbers mean?

Blood pressure is measured in millimetres of mercury, as two figures, for example 120/80 mmHg.

  • The first number (120 in this case) is known as systolic pressure – pressure in the arteries when the heart contracts.

  • The second number (80 here) is diastolic pressure – the pressure in the arteries when the heart rests.

What Can Be Done?

By adopting healthy lifestyle choices such as:

  • A healthy diet; reducing salt and fat intake and eating adequate fruit and veggies

  • Regular physical activity (30 minutes daily)

  • Maintaining a healthy weight

  • Reducing your alcohol intake if any

  • Quitting smoking

  • Chiropractic Care for stress reduction and spinal health

Sometimes changes in your lifestyle solely may not be enough. Some people will also need medication to help their high blood pressure. Have your chiropractor check your blood pressure today and begin your journey to optimal health.

Kate Granger