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- High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a very common condition that can lead to serious health problems
- A recent study has suggested that Hula dancing, a famous type of dance in Hawaii, can help lower blood pressure
- Medications along with making healthier lifestyle choice can help reduce or manage high blood pressure
New Delhi: High blood pressure occurs when your blood pressure is consistently high – numbers higher than 120/80 mm Hg are considered a red flag, requiring you to make heart-healthy lifestyle changes. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a very common condition that can lead to serious health problems such as coronary heart disease and stroke, if not treated or well-controlled. Meanwhile, a recent study has suggested that Hula dancing, a famous type of dance in Hawaii, can help lower blood pressure.
You can have high blood pressure for years without knowing it, causing damage to your blood vessels and heart. In fact, many people don’t experience any signs or symptoms even when their BP readings reach dangerously high. For this reason, hypertension is often called the ‘silent killer’.
Signs and symptoms of high blood pressure
A few people may have the following symptoms, once their blood pressure reaches high levels:
- Shortness of breath
- Heart palpitations
- Blurred or double vision
Without treatment, hypertension can lead to serious health complications, including stroke and heart attack. It can also damage vital organs. High blood pressure, once detected, should be treated by a doctor. Individuals with a diagnosis of high blood pressure should check their blood pressure on a regular basis. Medications along with making healthier lifestyle choice can help reduce or manage high blood pressure.
Hula dance good for high blood pressure
A preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Hypertension 2019 Scientific Sessions suggested that hula dancing can help lower blood pressure. According to the researchers at the University of Hawaii, native Hawaiians who incorporated their cultural dance of hula into blood pressure-lowering programme had lower blood pressure readings than those who received standard education on diet and exercise.
The study revealed that many Native Hawaiians have difficulty controlling their high blood pressure, which increases their risk for coronary heart disease and stroke, despite taking medicines for hypertension.
“The rates of heart disease and stroke are four times higher among Native Hawaiians than in non-Hispanic whites, and they also get these diseases 10 years younger than whites and Asians in Hawaii,” said Keawe’ aimoku Kaholokula, Ph.D., lead author of the study and professor and chair of the Department of Native Hawaiian Health at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu.
The findings from the study indicated that for most people, exercise that makes you breathe a little faster and gets your heart beating a little faster may be the best physical activity for health.
Can high blood pressure be prevented?
It is not possible to completely prevent hypertension since the condition tends to run in the families and increases as you age. Sometimes, high blood pressure can be caused by an underlying condition – this type of high blood pressure is called secondary hypertension, which is a result of various conditions and medications such as diabetes, kidney disease, thyroid problems, etc.
In most cases, high blood pressure has no identifiable cause, yet, lifestyle, age, family history, race, certain conditions, pregnancy, can all play a role. Hence, keeping your numbers healthy and taking preventive measures may be the best thing you can do for your overall health.
Adopting a good lifestyle such as eating a healthy, balanced diet, reducing salt intake, exercising regularly, managing weight and stress, not smoking, drinking alcohol in moderation can help keep blood pressure at bay.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a professional healthcare provider if you have any specific questions about any medical matter.