Q&A: Knowledge about Hypertension

What is hypertension?

According to a health survey conducted by Japan on the most common diseases, an estimated 43 million patients, and one-third of Japan’s population suffers from high blood pressure.
High blood pressure has few symptoms, but if subjective can lead to progressive cardiovascular disease, it is difficult to recognize. In addition, this disease is also at risk of life-threatening complications such as heart failure, myocardial infarction, cerebral infarction and cerebral haemorrhage. Therefore, it is important that you understand your blood pressure from day to day and identify other risks of the disease as soon as possible.
The following blood pressure indicators are considered as a measure of blood pressure standards and criteria (published in the commentary book on guidelines for hypertension treatment 2014).

The above values are blood pressure values when measured in the test room.
Normal blood pressure should be less than 5 mmHg compared to the above value.

* If systolic or diastolic blood pressure meets the above conditions, it corresponds to the classification as above table. If you still cannot classify, we will apply a higher classification.

6 points to prevent hypertension

To reduce blood pressure, it is necessary to review lifestyle habits.
The Japan Hypertension Association presents standards for lifestyle changes for patients with high blood pressure.

※ 1. The salt content is estimated as follows. Soy sauce (1 tbsp): about 2,6g, miso (1 tbsp): about 2g, Umeboshi (1 piece): about 2g, ramen: about 5g, rice curry: about 3g
※ 2. Calculation example for height 170 cm, weight 70 kg: 70 kg ÷ 1.7 m ÷ 1.7 m = 24.2
※ 3. The estimated alcohol content of 25 ml is as follows. Beer: 1 bottle, Sake · Alcohol: 1 (180 ml), Shochu: 0.6, Whiskey: 1 pair
Prevent the disease first by creating regular habits such as daily blood pressure habits, moderate exercise, a balanced diet.

Q&A: Basic knowledge of high blood pressure

Q1 What is blood pressure?

Blood pressure is the pushing pressure caused by the circulation of blood in blood vessels

Average blood pressure, caused by the pumping power of the heart and resistance in the blood vessels, will decrease as the blood follows arteries away from the heart.

Q2 Value of systolic and diastolic blood pressure?

Systolic blood pressure is the “highest” blood pressure index, diastolic blood pressure is the “lowest” blood pressure index.

Systolic blood pressure occurs when the heart contracts with strong pressure, occurring for a short time; Diastolic blood pressure occurs between contractions and relaxed heart muscle.

Q3 How many times do you have high blood pressure?

Systolic blood pressure is 135 mmHg or more, diastolic pressure is less than 85 mm Hg.
Higher blood pressure is at risk of causing “heart disease”, “kidney disease”, and “stroke” in the future. Keep your blood pressure index between 85mmHg and 135mmHg for a healthy life.

Q4 Who is likely to have high blood pressure?

More than 90% of cases are not aware of their high blood pressure.

Hypertension is common for lifestyle diseases such as obesity, stress, lack of exercise, overwork, vascular aging, excessive salt intake, smoking etc. There are also cases of Genetic factors.

Q5 What symptoms do you experience when you have high blood pressure?

Rare symptoms of high blood pressure.

Therefore, if it does not detect and let this condition progress, it will easily lead to arteriosclerosis and some serious conditions such as “stroke”, “heart attack”, “kidney disease”. So create a habit of measuring your blood pressure carefully.

Q6 Why do I need to measure my blood pressure?

Because if you are in a comfortable state, you will get the most accurate indicators.
When measuring at the hospital, we are easily worried, so the index will be higher than the actual value. The guidelines of the Japan Hypertension Association also point out that “to properly diagnose high blood pressure, it is preferable to take home blood pressure readings better than having blood pressure readings at the clinic”

Q7 What is the correct way to regulate blood pressure?

Relax with the right posture and comfort
Measure at the same time every day
Blood pressure rises in a state of stress. So take a break, remember to sit down and record the fluctuations of your blood pressure index every day.

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Q8 Why is salt reduction good for the body?

Japanese people have many types of salt that have a great anti-hypertensive effect.
First of all, start reducing your daily salt intake from today by using Tanita’s salt meter.

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Tanita canteen recommended caution when putting salt in dishes
For our bodies, minerals that contain salinity are very important ingredients, but using too much salt can cause lifestyle diseases such as hypertension.

Tip 1: Use Dashi, herbs & a small amount of salt
The soups and dishes will become more delicious with the salty taste using Dashi spice. In addition, using spicy vegetables such as scallions, herbs, scent when enjoying, with a little salt, the taste will become more delicious and bold.

Tip 2: Reduce the amount of salt in special dishes
For some dishes, you do not need more salt if not necessary, but just let the natural taste is also very good.

Tip 3: Use soy sauce
If you want more sour foods, add acidic spices like lemons. If you feel the food is still light, instead of putting salt in, you can use soy sauce & dilute the soy sauce with soup.

Tip 4: Use salt-free spices
Besides using soy sauce, you can try spices that replace salts such as sauces, miso sauce, and tomato sauce. Choose a convenient and easy-to-use condiment, and especially no salt content.

Tip 5: Suggest using the salt meter
Start reducing salt from today by controlling the salinity of food with Tanita’s salt meter.

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Tip 6: Be aware that at restaurants, food is preserved and processed with a lot of salt

For products made from meat, fish products and dried foods that contain a lot of salty and preservatives to keep food for a long time, so be careful, do not eat too much.

Remember this formula: the amount of salt equivalent to “sodium intake” in nutrition is labeled on food packaging, so consider when choosing food.

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