High blood pressure is one of the cardiovascular risk factors. If it is not treated, it can also produce complications at other levels, such as the brain, the retina, the kidney…
Its prevalence in the general adult population of Spain is approximately 60% in those over 60 years. According to the WHO (World Health Organization), there are more than one billion people in the world who are affected by high blood pressure and the worrying thing is that this figure is increasing.
Hypertension is defined as the sustained elevation of blood pressure above normal; that is, blood circulates through the arteries at a pressure greater than desirable for health.
If you suffer from high blood pressure, it is essential that you change your lifestyle.
It is advisable to follow some guidelines:
- Decrease salt intake
- Achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
- Limit alcohol consumption.
- Increase physical activity.
- Increase the intake of fruit and vegetables.
- Reduce the consumption of total fat and saturated fat.