What causes heart diseases?

What causes heart diseases?

Heart is one of the most important organs of the body. It is basically a kind of pump which supplies blood to different parts of the body. This blood supplies oxygen and other nutrients that is needed for proper functioning of the body. At the same time, carbon dioxide and other wastes are removed through the body through the blood. Arteries supply fresh blood to the tissues while veins carry the waste blood. The heart contains electrical “pacemaker” cells, which cause it to contract — producing a heartbeat.

Even a momentary lapse in functioning of the heart can have far reaching consequences, which can often be fatal. Continue reading “What causes heart diseases?”

Impact of high blood pressure in your body

Impact of high blood pressure in your body

Blood pressure denotes the force by which the heart pumps blood and the force that is felt by the blood vessels – arteries and veins. Hypertension is caused when blood pressure exceeds the normal level. This typically happens when your blood vessels narrow down, consequently leading heart to exert more pressure to supply blood.

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High blood pressure can cause damage to the blood vessels and can have an effect on functioning of various body parts. Continue reading “Impact of high blood pressure in your body”

Impact of uncontrolled blood pressure

Impact of uncontrolled blood pressure

Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps blood. High blood pressure or hypertension happens when this force is too high. More the blood your heart pumps & narrower your arteries, the higher will be your your blood pressure!

Blood pressure consists of two readings:

  • Systolic Pressure: It is the blood pressure when the heart beats while pumping blood (when the heart muscles contract)
  • Diastolic Pressure: It is the blood pressure when the heart rests between beats.

What are the typical blood pressure ranges?

  • Ideally your blood pressure should be less than 120/80. (Systolic – 120, Diastolic – 80)
  • For pre-hypertensive levels, the range is: Systolic – 120-139/ Diastolic – 80-89
  • For high blood pressure stage 1 , the range is: Systolic – 140-159/ Diastolic – 90-99
  • For high blood pressure stage 2, the range is: Systolic – 160+/ Diastolic – 100+
  • If the systolic blood pressure is 90 or less & the diastolic blood pressure is 60 or less, it is the case of low blood pressure.

Some of the risk factors for high blood pressure/ hypertension are: Continue reading “Impact of uncontrolled blood pressure”

Who is at increased risk for kidney disease?

Human body contains a pair of kidneys in the abdomen, whose function is to filter the blood. Entire blood in our body passes through the kidneys several times during the day! The role of kidneys is to remove wastes, form urine, control body’s fluid balance & regulate electrolyte balance. Kidney disease can severely impair proper functioning of the body, chiefly due to accumulation of water and toxic substances in the body.

Who’s at Increased Risk for Kidney Disease?

  • Anyone with high blood pressure, diabetes
  • Anyone with a family history of kidney failure
  • African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians, Pacific Islanders and American Indians
  • Anyone age 60 and older
  • Individuals who are obese (body mass index of 30 or above)

Risk Reduction Tips from the National Kidney Foundation: Continue reading “Who is at increased risk for kidney disease?”

5 myths about hypertension

myths about hypertension - high blood pressure

Hypertension is one of the most common lifestyle diseases globally. It is often the starting point of many cardiovascular diseases and is responsible for several deaths due to heart attack/ stroke. A recent study by eKincare across 6000 IT professionals across 30 companies in Hyderabad found out that 51% of them suffered from a high blood pressure. A blood pressure over 140/90 carries with it a risk of stroke, kidney diseases and heart diseases. Improper food habits, sedentary lifestyle, lack of exercise, tobacco and alcohol consumption, chronic stress etc. are some of the leading causes of hypertension.

Here are some common myths associated with hypertension. Continue reading “5 myths about hypertension”

Food that can help you fight hypertension

Food that can help you fight hypertension

Hypertension or high blood pressure is one of the most common lifestyle diseases globally. Given the fast paced life and impact of food habits, sedentary lifestyle, lack of exercise, tobacco and alcohol consumption, chronic stress etc. which are not uncommon, people have become more susceptible to blood pressure problems.

According to a recent survey done by eKincare across IT companies in Hyderabad, India, 51% of the employees had high blood pressure, which is the leading cause for various cardiovascular diseases. A blood pressure over 140/90 is a risk for stroke, kidney disease and heart disease.

Continue reading “Food that can help you fight hypertension”