High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure or hypertension is a dangerous condition of the cardiovascular system that causes serious damage to the blood vessels and heart. Hypertension is a major risk factor for CVD and greatly increases the risk of premature death from coronary heart disease or stroke. Blood pressure rises with age, with 30% of the population aged 30; and 70% of those aged 70 having hypertension.
What to Expect
Hypertension cannot be cured fully but it can be managed and controlled through small diet modifications and other modest lifestyle changes. High blood pressure does not have any symptoms but it is highly dangerous, therefore it is important that you get your blood pressure checked regularly by your doctor. If high blood pressure is left undetected or untreated it can have serious consequences like heart attack or stroke so make sure to keep your blood pressure level properly controlled.
Treatment Of High Blood Pressure
Your first consultation with the dietitian will involve an analysis of your dietary intake, lifestyle habits, body measurements and blood pressure measurements. They will also look at your medical history, medications, stress levels, and a recent copy of any blood results to identify CVD risk. A cadioprotective diet plan will be provided that will be individual and suit your preferences. A follow up appointment will be required to assess the outcome of your dietary changes.
Diet and Lifestyle modification is an integral part of the management of all hypertensive patients, whether on drug therapy or not.
Spectrum Nutrition dietitians have the knowledge and know how to modify your diet and guide you on the optimum diet for treating high blood pressure.