Risk factors of high bp include:
- Being physically inactive
- Being overweight
- High salt intake
- Family history
- Insufficient vitamin D and potassium
- High alcohol intake
The top number, which is also the higher of the two numbers, measures the pressure in the arteries when the heart beats (when the heart muscle contracts).
The bottom number, which is also the lower of the two numbers, measures the pressure in the arteries between heartbeats (when the heart muscle is resting between beats and refilling with blood).
It's important that you take charge of your health. There are many foods, especially fruits and vegetables that are high in the vitamins and minerals essential to keeping your blood pressure down. Educate yourself and see the doctor if necessary, but do what you must to improve your health.
Stay happy and healthy everyone!