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The Lowdown On High Blood Pressure

What Is Blood Pressure?

Blood pressure is the force that pushes your blood into the walls of your arteries. It pumps blood into the arteries every time the heart pounds. Your blood pressure is highest as your heart pounds, and blood is pumped out. That is known as systolic pressure. When your heart is at rest, your blood pressure decreases in between beats; it is Diastolic pressure. 

Your reading of blood pressure uses these two figures. The systolic number typically comes before the diastolic number. For starters, 120/80 means a systolic number of 120 and a diastolic value of 80.

Why does hypertension matter?

If you are in this 130/80 ratio, lowering blood pressure will help protect you from a heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, eye disease, and even cognitive loss.  The new recommendations seek to empower you to seriously manage your elevated blood pressure and take steps to get it down, mainly through lifestyle changes.  

It may be difficult to make those improvements. In the morning, more than one woman woke up committed to healthier eating only to be derailed by some cookies or out with friends for dinner.

How to lower your blood pressure with small changes

To make a change in your blood pressure, you don't have to embark on a big life redesign. Here are six easy guidelines you can do to get you back into the normal range of your blood pressure.

1. Losing Weight

By far, cutting weight is the most effective way to minimize high blood pressure. And to make a difference, it doesn&#