Controlling Diastolic BP – It Can’t Be Too High and it Can’t Be Too Low – What to Do?
Suffering with high blood pressure is bad enough but if you have a high diastolic BP as well you have real reason to be concerned. Diastolic blood pressure is an indicator of your potential for coronary disease. And what makes the news worse is if you have low diastolic blood pressure and high systolic pressure, you once again are at risk for a heart attack.
According to two studies, the target for diastolic BP in uncomplicated cases of hypertension is 75 to 85 mmhg. So if you have high systolic pressure and your diastolic is above 85 or lower than 70 you have your work cut out for you.
If you’re in this position your doctor probably has you on medication. Actually he’s probably got you on two or three different medications. If this is working for you great. But do you really want to have to rely on drugs to control your condition for the rest of your life?
This is a serious and dangerous condition. Can you think of a better time to start taking responsibility for your own health and start exploring the recommendations of the American Heart Association for changes in lifestyle? It really isn’t that difficult.
While the medication is working now, there is no guarantee it will in the future if your hypertension gets more advanced. You can help the medication do a better job by working on the likely causes of your blood pressure and reducing their ongoing effect on your blood vessels.
You are what you eat applies here. Diet has an enormous impact on blood pressure both good and bad. Diet is probably a major reason you have hypertension. The good news is you can reverse the effects by eating healthier foods.
The AHA endorses the DASH diet which was designed and tested specifically to reduce HBP. It is rich in fresh vegetables, fruits and lean meats and is intended to give you the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, vasodilators and fiber that is typically missing in our Western diets. It doesn’t require that you change your meals overnight as every little bit you do will have an impact.
In fact if you make small changes in your diet and start a regular daily walking program you can shave up to 15 mmhg of your systolic and 9 mmhg off diastolic pressure in less than three weeks.
Now is the time to get serious about a serious condition. Your heart will thank you for taking the time.