These habits may increase your blood pressure

These habits may increase your blood pressure

High blood pressure is a common chronic health condition with little symptoms or signs.

It is called ‘silent killer’ because it can increase the risk of many serious diseases, including heart disease and stroke.

Recently, scientists suggest that unhealthy lifestyle habits may raise blood pressure and that people should avoid these habits.

Drinking too much alcohol and caffeine

Previous research has shown that drinking too much alcohol and caffeine could increase blood pressure.

For healthy people, drinking three cups of coffee per day is okay. But for people with high blood pressure, limited caffeine consumption is necessary.

Misuse of herbs

Some herbal supplements, such as licorice, could raise blood pressure.

Some foods may interact with medications to have a negative effect on blood pressure.

For example, when taking depression drugs with monoamine-oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), it is better to avoid cheeses, cured meats, and soy products.

Misuse of over-the-counter drugs

Common over-the-counter painkillers called NSAIDs may increase blood pressure. It is important for doctors to ask their patients what pain reliever they use.

Some pain relievers have smaller effects on blood pressure. In addition, decongestant drugs may increase blood pressure and should be avoided by people with heart conditions.

Incorrect measurement of blood pressure

Mistakes in measure blood pressure numbers could lead to falsely high readings.

Common mistakes include having a full bladder, unsupported back/feet, unsupported arm, sitting with crossed legs, and taking while doing the measurement.

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