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Consequences of high blood pressure are not pretty. There is either instant death, or prolonged suffering. People are suffering some form of disease of the heart and blood vessels, otherwise known as cardiovascular diseases. At the root of most forms of cardiovascular disease is atherosclerosis and high blood pressure.
So how do you go about choosing a protective diet that provides heart health, help in removing the oxidation of cholesterol, giving you vitality, reducing stress, having a better night’s sleep and rejuvenating your sexuality, etcetera...
Atherosclerosis begins with the accumulation of soft, fatty streaks along the inner walls of the arteries. These streaks gradually enlarge then become hardened fibrous plaques that damage artery walls, making them less elastic and narrowing the passage through them.
The artery expands with every heartbeat to accommodate the pulses of blood that flow through them. Arteries hardened and then narrowed by plaques cannot expand. This is when blood pressure rises. The increased pressure damages the artery walls further putting strains on the heart.
These plaques are formed from a diet that is high in saturated fat. The question then becomes not whether you have it, but how far advanced it is and what you can do to reverse it.
Also are you familiar with the many effective steps you can take to save your life and learn more about high blood pressure?
Hypertension and atherosclerosis worsen cardiovascular disease and each other and as a result becomes some of the consequences of high blood pressure.
Here's when atherosclerosis has developed, is at its most dangerous self that you should be aware of:
What’s most frightening to me is that an artery can go into spasm, restricting or cutting off the blood supply to a portion of the heart muscle or brain causing a heart attack or stroke with no apparent blockage.
How can you minimize your risk or more positively, what actions can you take to help maintain your health?
Heart healthy diet encourages foods that are rich in complex carbohydrates like whole grains and other whole foods.
Foods rich in fibers bind cholesterol and bile in the intestine reducing their absorption, providing minerals to help control blood pressure, antioxidants to help protect against LDL oxidation and an array of vitamins and minerals making them extraordinarily beneficial to health.
Your body represents several compressed layers, by peeling away the layers healing can occur. When one layer makes a change, such as weight loss, no matter how small or big, it ripples into every other aspect of your being.
Although diet and exercise are not the easiest route to lowering the consequences of high blood pressure, it is a powerful and safe combination for improving your health. With weight loss, that alone often reduces your blood pressure and most importantly normalize your blood glucose (diabetes).
Remember, diabetes is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease.