We commonly refer to hypertension as the blood pressure levels that are above those that are considered healthy for the human body.
What exactly is blood pressure?
Blood pressure measures the force of the blood pumped from the heart against the walls of the arteries with the aid of a blood pressure monitor. The blood pressure reading (sphygmomanometre, as it is normally called) gives us two results:
• Systolic pressure, which is usually 120 mmHg in a healthy patient while resting.
• Diastolic pressure, which is usually 80 mmHg in normal conditions.
It is usual to talk about the combined figure, 120/80 or 12/8, with the millimetres of mercury (mmHg) being the most common unit of measurement.
When is there hypertension?
We can consider that there is hypertension when the patient reaches or exceeds blood pressure of 140/90 mmHg, while if the number is between 120/80 mmHg and 140/90 mmHg, we could be dealing with prehypertension.
We should not undermine the importance of these signs of hypertension. If we find ourselves within these blood pressure parametres, we must watch our diet and habits in order to maintain strict control and avoid reaching dangerous figures for our body.
Am I more likely than others to get hypertension?
It is possible, as there are a number of factors that increase the risk of hypertension, including the following:
• Excess of alcoholic beverages
• Excess salt in foods
• Family history of hypertension
What risks am I faced with if I have hypertension?
According to the WHO, one third of the world’s adult population have hypertension, which is a medical problem that could be the direct cause of approximately 13% of global mortality.
For this reason, it is especially important that we control our blood pressure on a regular basis. In this way, we will prevent the deterioration of our cardiovascular system and, in turn, will reduce the risk of suffering a myocardial infarction (heart attack) or cerebrovascular accidents (strokes).
New ways to control blood pressure
In addition to improving drug treatment and encouraging a healthier lifestyle, the scientific community is fortunately making progress in the search for new natural “weapons” to combat hypertension.
After 10 years of research, the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) has recently developed in collaboration with Innaves (a Spanish biotechnology company) the first dietary supplement to reduce hypertension: Lowpept.
This new treatment is 100% natural as it is produced through the hydrolysis of vitamins found in dairy products, a similar process to the ones that takes place in our stomach when we digest milk and in the manufacture of cheese.
Lowpept comes in tablets and its beneficial effects have been demonstrated in a medical trial with patients at the Hospital Ramon y Cajal in Madrid, Spain.
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