On the surface, at least, Canadians appear to be among the healthiest in the country when it comes to cardiovascular disease. But the realties are deceiving and paint a much different picture once you look into them. Twenty-two per cent of them smoke, 60 percent of them drink alcohol, 50 per cent are overweight or obese and 67 per cent do not eat a healthy diet. Many persons have often, continually unresolved negative personal stress All of these factors contribute to high blood pressure — and they are entirely preventable, or deal able with. A lot of what we perceive to be healthy eating and doing actually isn’t. For starters, all persons people should shake their addiction to salty, packaged meals. reduce their red meat consumptions, reduce their meal sizes, eat more regularly too, One of the biggest problems is the high amount of sodium in our food,” This salt encourages water in the blood to remain, and gives more work for the heart to pump. Everyone does have responsibilities, parents, spouses, food distributors as do governments and food manufacturers. Now it’s about all of us doing a better job to increase public awareness and promoting more lifestyle changes around being healthy. According to the World Health Association, high blood pressure is the leading risk for death in the world. Hypertension is the leading cause of heart and stroke disease, but there are no obvious symptoms. Now regular Doctor checkups, with a competent and not too often a pretentious doctor too, to screen for hypertension, Diabetes as well are required since studies suggest will affect half of all Canadians by the time they turn 60. Over time, high blood pressure can damage blood vessel walls causing scarring that promotes the buildup of plaque deposits, which narrow and eventually block blood flow. Increased blood pressure can lead to heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure and other diseases that many persons next do die from. One in five Canadians has high blood pressure — and many Canadians are among the least likely in the country to take measures to lower it. Only 80 per cent of the 4.6 million Canadians with hypertension take medication to control it, according to new findings from Statistics Canada. Doing things like having a healthy diet high in fruits and vegetables and low in saturated fat is very effective, as is regular physical activity and maintaining a healthy body weight. The prevalence of high blood pressure was about the same in men as in women, but men were less likely to be aware of their condition. The numbers should give all cause for concern.
Blood Pressure Risk Factors
– – Smoking
– – Lack of exercise
– – Poor diet and excess sodium
– – Excessive alcohol consumption
– – Being overweight or obese