Treating high blood pressure does not necessarily require taking medications.
The Institute for Quality and Economics in the Health Field in Cologne, Germany, explained that patients can lower high blood pressure by following a healthy lifestyle represented by exercising, reducing weight, and eating low-salt foods.
The German Institute advises people with high blood pressure to eat healthy foods that are not biologically or chemically treated, such as fish, meat, and dairy products (yogurt and cereal), instead of eating foodstuffs that contain salts, such as potato chips, salted baked goods, salted or smoked meat, and many types of cheese. Exercise also contributes to the flexibility of blood vessels and constantly lowering high blood pressure.
However, the German Institute warned that following a healthy lifestyle does not mean 100% protection from high blood pressure. Despite movement, healthy nutrition, and a fit body, there are people who suffer from high blood pressure, pointing out that about 95% of these cases have no known cause. .
When measuring blood pressure, a distinction is made between two values: systolic blood pressure (the upper value), when the heart contracts and pumps blood into the vessels, and diastolic blood pressure (the lower value), when the heart muscle relaxes again. Normal blood pressure in adults is less than 140/90.
When blood pressure rises severely, doctors recommend direct treatment with medications, and this applies if the systolic blood pressure (the upper value) rises above 180. By taking the right medication, high blood pressure can be treated and the risk of circulatory diseases such as heart attacks and strokes can be reduced.