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High blood pressure: Reducing stress could lower your reading

A person’s blood pressure measurement takes into account how much blood is passing through the blood vessels and the amount of resistance the blood meets while the heart is pumping. Narrow arteries increases resistance and the narrower the arteries are, the higher the blood pressure will be.

Stress and long-term high blood pressure may not be linked, but taking steps to reducing one’s stress levels can improve general health, including blood pressure.

Leading health experts agree that stressful situations can cause the blood pressure to spike temporarily and these short-term stress-related blood pressure spikes add up and cause high blood pressure in the long term.

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How one’s reaction to stress may affect their blood pressure

The Mayo Clinic said: “The body produces a surge of hormones when you’re in a stressful situation.

These hormones temporarily increase your blood pressure by causing your heart to beat faster and your blood vessels to narrow.

The hormones your body makes when you’re emotionally stressed many damage your arteries, leading to heart disease.

Increases in blood pressure related to stress can be dramatic. But when your stress goes away, your blood pressure returns to normal.

However, even frequent, temporary spikes in blood pressure can damage your blood vessels, heart and kidneys in a way similar to long-term high blood pressure.”

Another easy way to help reduce blood pressure and prevent possible complications is through one’s diet.

A plant-based diet is an easy way to increase fibre and reduce the amount of sodium and unhealthy saturated and trans fat.

It’s strongly advised to eat more fruits, vegetables, leafy greens and whole grains.

If you suspect you may have high blood pressure it’s important to speak with your GP about the best ways to lower your reading.

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