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High Blood Pressure
February 20, 2018

Why you need to watch your blood pressure

Did you know, that your blood pressure never stays the same? It lowers as you sleep and rises when you’re awake, active, excited and nervous. Here’s how it works, and what you need to know to stay healthy: What is blood pressure? Blood pressure is the pressure or force of circulating blood within the walls of your blood vessels. When your heart beats, it gives your body the energy and oxygen it needs. As your blood moves through your body, it pushes against the sides of the blood vessels. The strength of this ‘pushing’ is your blood pressure. If you…
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High Blood Pressure
September 28, 2017

Is salt really causing hypertension?

Salt has long been labelled a hypertension villain, but the link between the two isn’t so clear-cut, a new study finds. The recommended daily sodium intake is 2 300 milligrams. This is equal to about five grams (one teaspoon) of salt per day. However, findings from a 16-year study call this into question. The scientific findings Lynn L. Moore, an associate professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine in Massachusetts, and her team analysed data from more than 2 000 men and women between the ages of 30 and 64 years old. At the start of the study,…
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High Blood Pressure
July 7, 2017

What to know about the highs and lows of blood pressure

Your body is an ingenious machine. And, one of the reasons it works so well is because your blood pressure fluctuates. Blood pressure is the force exerted by your heart, against the resistance created by the arteries, to keep blood flowing through your body. Blood pressure measurement consists of two parts – systolic and diastolic. The first number is the systolic blood pressure; this is the highest pressure when your heart pushes the blood around your body. The second/bottom number is diastolic. This is the lowest blood pressure when your heart is relaxed. When your doctor takes your reading, he’s…
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Healthy LifestyleHigh Blood PressureRecipes
March 16, 2016

Are salt-substitutes really better than salt?

Has your doctor told you to cut back on salt because your blood pressure is too high? ‘Oh no! Now my food will be tasteless! I might as well chew on a piece of cardboard.” Not true: You can still enjoy flavourful food without adding salt. (more…)
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High Blood Pressure
February 26, 2016

Pumped: When is high blood pressure a good thing?

Imagine that you need to get somewhere in a hurry and all you have is a bicycle – the most important thing to check is your tyres, right? Too soft and you’re going to be pedalling for nothing, but too hard and you could get a puncture in the middle of your journey. Blood pressure is like that. (more…)
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High Blood Pressure
June 26, 2015

Sugar or salt? Which is the worst villain?

“Stop! Don’t add any sugar or salt to your food – they’re both bad for you!” Ah yes, the 2 health villains you’ve heard so much about! They both give your body a hard time, but is one more dangerous than the other? It’s time to put them under the spotlight. (more…)
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High Blood Pressure
May 17, 2015

Your blood pressure-friendly, food-free diet

Welcome to your 'foodless' diet plan, guaranteed to lower your blood pressure. We’re not going to tell you what you can and can’t eat, but rather give you the facts and offer alternative treatment to ensure a heart-healthy lifestyle. (more…)
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Heart & Blood VesselsHigh Blood Pressure
May 14, 2015

Hypertension is a silent killer

May you never meet The Silent Killer – hypertension! And why is hypertension called The Silent Killer? Because you can have it without knowing! There are no direct symptoms. And high blood pressure increases your risk for heart disease and stroke. These can also hit you without warning. (more…)
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High Blood Pressure
April 19, 2015

The A B C of blood pressure

Think of high blood pressure and you might think of red-faced angry people with steam coming out of their ears right before they clutch their chest and have a heart attack. It’s a classic image but not an entirely accurate one. High blood pressure certainly does place you at higher risk of a heart attack, but there is a lot more to the condition. (more…)
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High Blood Pressure
June 7, 2014

Signs and symptoms of hypertension

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is called the silent killer because it generally has no signs or symptoms until it’s fairly advanced and has gone undetected. (more…)
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