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The problem with this disease is that
nearly one third of the folks who have
hypertension do not know it because they
never feel any direct pain. But overtime the
force of that pressure damages the inside
surface of your blood vessels.
However, according to experts,
hypertension is not predestined. Reducing
salt intake, adopting a desirable dietary
pattern losing weight and exercising can all
help prevent hypertension.
Obviously, quitting bad habits and eating
a low fat diet will help, but the most
significant part that you can do is to
exercise. And just as exercise strengthens
and improves limb muscles, it also
enhances the health of the heart muscles.
Heart and Exercise
The exercise stimulates the development of
new connections between the impaired and
the nearly normal blood vessels, so people
who exercise had a better blood supply to
all the muscle tissue of the heart.
The human heart basically, supply blood
to an area of the heart damaged in a
ìmyocardial infarction.î A heart attack is
a condition, in which, the myocardium
or the heart muscle does not get enough
oxygen and other nutrients and so it begins
to die.
For this reason and after a series of careful
considerations, some researchers have
observed that exercise can stimulate the
development of these life saving detours
in the heart. One study further showed
that moderate exercise several times a
week is more effective in building up these
auxiliary pathways than extremely vigorous
exercise done twice as often.
Such information has led some people
to think of exercise as a panacea for
heart disorders, a fail-safe protection
against hypertension or death. That is
not so. Even marathon runners that have
suffered hypertension, and exercise cannot
overcome combination of other risk factor.
What Causes
Sometimes abnormalities of the kidney are
responsible. There is also a study wherein
the researchers identified more common
contributing factors such as heredity,
obesity, and lack of physical activity.
And so, what can be done to lower blood
pressure and avoid the risk of developing
hypertension? Again, exercise seems to be
just what the doctor might order.
If you think that is what he will do, then,
try to contemplate on this list and find
some ways how you can incorporate these
things into your lifestyle and start to live a
life free from the possibilities of developing
hypertension. But before you start
following the systematic instructions, it
would be better to review them first before
getting into action.
1. See your doctor
Check with your doctor before beginning
an exercise program. If you make any
significant changes in your level of physical
activity ó particularly if those changes
could make large and sudden demands on
your circulatory system ó check with your
doctors again.
2. Take it slow
Start at a low, comfortable level of exertion
and progress gradually. The program
is designed in two stages to allow for a
progressive increase in activity.
3. Know your limit
Determine your safety limit for exertion.
Use some clues such as sleep problems or
fatigue the day after a workout to check
on whether you are overdoing it. Once
identified, stay within it. Over-exercising is
both dangerous and unnecessary.
4. Exercise regularly
You need to work out a minimum of three
times a week and a maximum of five times
a week to get the most benefit. Once you
are in peak condition, a single workout a
week can maintain the muscular benefits.
However, cardiovascular fitness requires
more frequent activity.
5. Exercise at a rate within your
The optimum benefits for older exercisers
are produced by exercise at 40% to 60% of
Indeed, weight loss through exercise is
an excellent starting point if you wan tot
prevent hypertension. Experts say that
being overweight is linked to an increased
risk of developing hypertension, and losing
weight decreases the risk.
It seems as though many are living a life that leads to high
blood pressure or hypertension. As people age, the situation
gets worse. Nearly half of all older have hypertension. This
disease makes people five times more prone to strokes,
three times more likely to have a heart attack, and two to
three times more likely to experience a heart failure.