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,Today's program is about high blood pressure.
Blood pressure refers to the force with which blood pushes against the walls of the arteries as it circulates through the body. It is typically expressed as two numbers, such as 120/80 mm Hg, where the first number (systolic pressure) represents the pressure in the arteries when the heart beats, and the second number (diastolic pressure) represents the pressure in the arteries when the heart is at rest between beats.
Blood pressure is an important indicator of overall health and is essential for the proper functioning of the cardiovascular system. However, persistently high blood pressure, known as hypertension, can put excessive strain on the arteries and heart, leading to serious health risks including heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease.
Blood pressure can be influenced by various factors, including lifestyle choices, genetics, age, and underlying health conditions. Common risk factors for high blood pressure include a diet high in sodium, lack of physical activity, obesity, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, stress, and a family history of hypertension.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, which includes regular exercise, a balanced diet with limited sodium intake, maintaining a healthy weight, managing stress, avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, and taking prescribed medications as needed, can help manage blood pressure and reduce the risk of hypertension.
It's important to monitor your blood pressure regularly, especially if you have risk factors for hypertension or a family history of high blood pressure. If you have concerns about your blood pressure or overall health, it's best to consult with a healthcare professional for proper evaluation, diagnosis, and management.
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