What is high blood pressure?

Blood pressure is the pressure of blood on the walls of the main blood vessels connected to the heart when it pumps blood at it’s full contraction (systole) and when it relaxes (diastole) . The normal value is 120/80, however it does fluctuate depending upon the activity, for example; lying down, standing up or running. This pressure also reflects the amount of blood our organs receive, providing them with nutrients and oxygen for them to work. Hence, any increase can cause major issues with important organs of our body such as the kidney and the heart itself.

Due to our busy lives it is quite easy to overlook the symptoms. It is a major risk factor for heart diseases and stroke. The medical name is Hypertension. Exercise is Medicine Australia fact sheet has the following table for grading hypertension from mild to severe:

A table with values for normal, high and low blood pressures

How do our Exercise physiologists help with high blood pressure?

Our Exercise physiologists are university trained professionals who have a wealth of knowledge about exercises that help to reduce blood pressure. They don’t just tell you to start running straight away to lose weight. They look at your lifestyle and see where small changes can be made to start with. Followed by a tailored simple exercise program like walking as low as 20 minutes a day! Our therapists provide proper guidance every step of the way.

What are the causes and symptoms of high blood pressure?

  • Family history

  • Diet- foods rich in bad fats , salt and sugar

  • Alcohol

  • Being overweight with minimal physical activity

Symptoms :

It may present with dizziness and general feeling of anxiety or hyperactivity. Although the symptoms may not be clear it is important to see a doctor as soon as you feel unwell or anxious.

How does exercise help high blood pressure?

Aerobic exercise has a direct effect in reducing it. On average it is reduced by 6-7 mmHg. Regular physical activity and diet control is the first treatment recommended by doctors. In case it is excessively high the doctors will prescribe medication to keep it in check.

If you are still unsure of how we can help, give us a call now and arrange to speak with our Exercise Physiologist. You may be able to get 5 sessions on Medicare or 8 group classes to control your diabetes.

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