Dr. Russell Greenfield: Hi! I am Dr. Russell Greenfield and today I'm discussing pre-hypertension, and why it's such a serious medical condition. A healthy blood pressure is considered to be something less then 120 over 80, anything more then 140 over 90 is considered high blood pressure, anything in the middle and you're now considered to be pre-hypertensive. Consider the diagnosis is to be a wake up call, and you definitely want a wakeup call if you're headed towards true hypertension.
High blood pressure or hypertension has few obvious signs and symptoms, but its serious condition that contributes to hardening of arteries, otherwise known as Atherosclerosis, as well as to heart failure, heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, erectile dysfunction and possibly Alzheimer's disease.
Now what does this mean for you? A diagnosis of pre-hypertension doesn't mean, you have to take prescription medication, because the most effective way to address pre-hypertension is to make some healthy changes in your life style. The life style prescriptions for people who are pre-hypertensive include eating a healthy, anti-inflammatory diet. Along the lines of a Mediterranean or Asian style diet, regular physical activity, reducing salt intake, cutting back a little on alcoholic and caffeinated beverages, managing stress in healthy and especially doing your best to stop smoking one's and for all.
Changing your lifestyle is not easy especially, when talking about stopping tobacco use, but when you realize, you have the opportunity to take control of your health, really take control of it, simply by making even small changes in the way you eat, and your daily activities, well that's empowering. These strategies are good for you for so many reasons, that it makes a little sense not to give them a try to help stop pre-hypertension in its tracks.