Wednesday 17th May marked World Hypertension Day. An important date in the calendar of health awareness events, this day recognises the common condition of hypertension – otherwise known as high blood pressure (HBP) – which increases your risk of serious problems such as heart attacks and strokes. According to a Health Survey for England, 31% of men and 28% of women in England have high blood pressure.
HBP has a number of causes including old age and an unhealthy diet or lifestyle, while it is also a hereditary condition. Earlier in the week we provided some introductory information about hypertension. But in light of World Hypertension Day taking place this week, Pharmacy Outlet has provided some further insight into what you can do to combat this condition.
Living a healthy lifestyle
There are a number of things that anyone – young or old, male or female – can do to reduce their risk of suffering from hypertension. These ultimately centre on living a healthier lifestyle; anyone who is overweight should look to lose weight, while ensuring you get at least six hours’ sleep every night is also recommended. But that’s not all, reducing your caffeine intake, stopping smoking and cutting down on alcohol consumption are all beneficial steps to take. And finally, exercising regularly and having a healthy diet – particularly not eating too much salt – will also serve you well.
Aside from making changes to your lifestyle, there are also numerous medications available for treating HBP once you’ve been diagnosed with the condition. Some of the most common include: calcium channel blockers, such as amlodipine, felodipine and nifedipine; diuretics, such as indapamide and bendroflumethiazide; and beta-blockers, such as atenolol and bisoprolol.
Always seek advice
As ever, it is of utmost importance that if you suffer from this condition or would like to know more about hypertension and testing for it, you contact a medical professional. For further advice on this subject, Pharmacy Outlet is on hand to help – you can get in touch, here.