High Blood Presure

By Manny Cipriani B2

What is High Blood Presure

High blood pressure or hypertension increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. Hypertension risk factors include obesity, drinking too much alcohol, smoking, and family history. Beta-blockers are a common treatment for hypertension. Blood pressure is determined by the amount of blood your heart pumps and the amount of resistance to blood flow in your arteries. The more blood your heart pumps and the narrower your arteries, the higher your blood pressure. You can have high blood pressure for years without any symptoms. Uncontrolled high blood pressure increases your risk of serious health problems, including heart attack and stroke. One reason you can have High blood pressure is because of stress.

Things to prevent High Blood Presure

  1. Learn to say "No" promising to much can put stress on you when you have to much to do at one.
  2. Relaxing is important take 15 to 20 minutes a day just to sit quietly, breathe deeply, and think about a peaceful picture
  3. Do the things you enjoy, not only participate in these activities but to enjoy doing them.
  4. Reduce sodium in your diet. Limit sodium to 2,300 milligrams (mg) a day or less.
  5. Limit the amount of alcohol you drink. if you drink too much alcohol — generally more than one drink a day for women and men older than age 65, or more than two a day for men age 65 and younger.

Facts about high blood presure

  1. Some teens may inherit the tendency toward higher blood pressure from one or both parents.
  2. Kids and teens who are obese are at a higher risk for hypertension.
  3. Lack of exercise makes it easier to become overweight and increases the chance of high blood pressure.
  4. People who drink a lot of alcohol or take illegal drugs like amphetamines and cocaine are also at risk of developing the condition.
  5. In some cases, medications like steroids or birth control pills can cause high blood pressure.
  6. High blood pressure adds to the workload of the heart and arteries. The heart must pump harder and the arteries must carry blood that's moving under greater pressure.
  7. If high blood pressure continues for a long time, the heart and arteries may no longer work as well as they should.
  8. People can live with hypertension for many years without having any symptoms. That's why high blood pressure is often called "the silent killer."
  9. Having high blood pressure puts a person at more risk for strokes, heart attacks, kidney failure, loss of vision, and atherosclerosis.
  10. Exercise is an important treatment for hypertension. Only people with severe uncontrolled hypertension, which is very rare, need to be careful about exercise.

Easybib citations

"High Blood Pressure (hypertension)." Definition. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Feb. 2015.


"Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)." KidsHealth - the Web's Most Visited Site about Children's Health. Ed. Samuel S. Gidding. The Nemours Foundation, 01 Apr. 2011. Web. 21 Mar. 2015.