The pressure, even if it is slightly increased, leads to problems with blood vessels and heart.
The director of the Center for Preventive and Sports Medicine at the Technical University of Munich, a member of the scientific advisory board of the German Heart Foundation, cardiologist Martin Holle, explained how to reduce blood pressure without the use of drugs.
The specialist noted that pressure, even if it is slightly increased, leads to problems with blood vessels and heart.
– The heart muscle has to constantly struggle with high pressure, so it wears out quickly, – Martin Hallé emphasized.
The cardiologist listed three main causes of high blood pressure – lack of exercise, poor diet and being overweight.
Therefore, according to the doctor, a daily 15-minute walk in the fresh air can lower blood pressure by 5-8 mm Hg. Changes to your diet, such as replacing sausage and bread with a variety of vegetables, can also help. In addition, the cardiologist advises to get rid of excess weight – each harvested kilogram reduces the load on the heart and blood vessels.
These three changes can prevent about 50% of strokes and heart attacks, Izvestia writes.
Most people know the symptoms of a heart attack: sharp chest pain, a sharp increase in pressure, dizziness, difficulty breathing, and cold sweats. However, an acute heart attack is not the only threat to the heart. There is also a so-called “silent heart attack”, which can be experienced and not understand it.
A Harvard University study found that incidences of an imperceptible heart attack are almost as common as an acute one. Co-author of the scientific work, Professor George Platzky, said that the symptoms of a silent heart attack are mild and do not last long, so they are often mistaken for a common malaise and ignored.
As a result, scars appear on the heart, it starts to work worse, and the risk of a second attack greatly increases.