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Blood Pressure

Blood-pressureBlood Pressure and Exercise

Blood pressure is important because the higher your blood pressure is, the higher your risk of health problems in the future.
If your blood pressure is high, it is putting extra strain on your arteries and on your heart. Over time, this strain can cause the arteries to become to become thicker and less flexible, or to become weaker.
If your arteries become thicker and less flexible, they will become more narrow, making them more likely to become clogged up. If an artery becomes completely clogged up (known as a clot), this can lead to a heart attack, a stroke, kidney disease or dementia.
More rarely, if an artery has become weakened, the extra strain may eventually lead to the artery bursting. This may also cause a heart attack or stroke.
The good news is that physical exercise helps to lower blood pressure. If your blood pressure is very high it may be necessary to see your Doctor and start taking blood pressure reducing medication first. This would only be if your blood pressure is higher than 180/100
The table below gives a general idea of what levels you need to be concerned about, but bear in mind that every person is different, and your doctor or nurse may decide differently.
Blood pressure level General ability to be more active
Below 90/60 You may have low blood pressure, speak to your doctor or nurse before starting any new exercise
90/60-140/90 It is safe to be more active, and it will help to keep your blood pressure in this ideal blood pressure range
140/90 – 179/99 It should be safe to start increasing your physical activity to help lower your high blood pressure
180/100 – 199/109 Speak to your doctor or nurse before starting any new exercise
200/110 or above Do not start any new activity – speak to your doctor or nurse

The good news is that at Images Fitness Club we regularly monitor your blood pressure and taylor your exercise programme accordingly. This is done through regular use of our unique One2One system.

For more information on blood pressure check out the BHF site here http://www.bhf.org.uk/heart-health/conditions/high-blood-pressure.aspx

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