One of the most cliché Filipino attitudes is telling someone that they’re experiencing high blood pressure when they are agitated. Although stress and anger can literally cause the blood pressure to rise, there are other factors that contribute to high blood pressure.

Unhealthy diets and vices can put people in higher risk of getting hypertension. This disease is the leading cause of death in many parts of the world. Moreover, it also can lead to stroke and complicated heart diseases.

People who suffer from hypertension are usually prescribed with different medications for maintenance. The general goal is to stabilize the blood pressure. Aside from medications, there are ways to make sure that the blood pressure stays at a normal level.

First off, diet plays a big role in controlling blood pressure. Foods that are high in sodium, oil, fat, and high in cholesterol should be avoided or eradicated completely from the diet of a hypertensive. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that the daily food of people who have hypertension should only contain at least one teaspoon amount of salt.

Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, fish, and chicken are found to be the best food for a hypertensive diet according to clinical studies.

Of course, aside from diet, exercise is also important. Exercise helps regulate the blood circulation in the body. It also gets rid of fats and other unhealthy toxins in the body. In line with regular exercise, proper hydration should also be maintained.

It is important to keep a healthy weight that reads as normal for the body mass index. However, high blood pressure can still be triggered through vices and stress.

Looking at the bigger picture, an overall healthy lifestyle is called for. People suffering from hypertension can manage their illness better when they sleep, eat, and exercise right.

Lastly, people with hypertension need to have regular check-ups with their doctors. ManilaMed houses medical experts that specialize with the cardiovascular system and their very own Heart Station that offers non-invasive cardiovascular diagnostic services.

Set an appointment at (02)523 8131 loc 2501 or (02) 522 1913, so they can help you feel better. You can also visit their site at www.manilamed.com.ph for more information.