High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

WHAT IS HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE?

Blood pressure refers to the pressure of the blood in the arteries, which involves the heart pumping the blood around the body. High blood pressure or hypertension occurs when the arteries becoming less flexible, which causes a build of pressure in the body. As a result, blood pressure is elevated above normal.

Some risk factors for developing high blood pressure include age, family history of high blood pressure, being overweight or obese, smoking, inactive lifestyle, and a high alcohol consumption. Poor management of high blood pressure increases your risk of developing heart disease and stroke.

High blood pressure is diagnosed by your doctor by checking your blood pressure.

HOW WE CAN HELP YOU

Nutritional strategies will be developed to help manage your blood pressure. During the assessment, an in depth analysis will be conducted, with a focus on your weight and body measurements, blood pressure results and diet history. An individualised plan will be developed, taking into account your lifestyle, culture and eating habits to ensure achievable goals.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Blood Pressure – Diabetes Australia
Blood Pressure – Heart Foundation

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