Is High Blood Pressure Killing Your Team?
High blood pressure or hypertension as it is known is what is referred to as the silent
killer. In the corporate world it is estimated that as much as 80% of executives and as
much as 1 billion people suffer from high blood pressure worldwide. The shocking
fact is 1 in 5 adults don't even know they have it placing them in a very high-risk
category and it is also the biggest cause of premature death worldwide.
So what is blood
It’s simply the
amount of pressure
of the blood that
pushes against the
walls of the veins
and arteries. Having
high blood pressure
can lead to coronary heart disease, kidney failure and the increase risk of a stroke.
Research has suggested working in highly pressured work environments increase
stress levels, which can lead to pre-hypertension then hypertension.
There are two readings when measuring your blood pressure, Systolic (the maximum
force that the blood flows from the heart whilst beating into the arteries) and diastolic
(is the force as the heart relaxes, allowing blood to flow back into the heart). The
reading should be no higher than 130 (systolic or top reading) /90 (diastolic or bottom
What are the causes?
Some of the biggest
causes which are most
applicable to people in
the corporate world is
habits this includes excess drinking, smoking and poor dietary habits such as a regular
digestion of processed meats and salty foods. Excess salt in your diet from
convenience foods processed meats and breads can all raise blood pressure.
Drinking too much coffee throughout the day can directly affect blood sugar levels
and interfere with hormone balance. Another big cause is a lack of physical activity, a
real problem for executives that work long hours and don't integrate regular exercise
as part of their routine. Hypertension is heavily linked to the lifestyles that you lead,
which can all be controlled.
What could be possible symptoms?
There are a number of key symptoms to look out for including regular headaches,
migraines, dizziness, high anxiety levels and poor sleep patterns. However experts
believe that hypertension can also be genetic as in some cases someone who leads a
very healthy lifestyle could also suffer from hypertension too.
Responsibility has to be both an organizational interest but also individual
responsibility. Some organisations have health days or screening either annually or
six-monthly which prove to be very popular. If you have a concern the best advice is
to get check out through your GP or medical practitioner who can advise.
Integrating a corporate fitness program that integrates interval training can greatly
reduce blood pressure. For example a simple circuit based exercise program with a
variety of stations. Each exercise is varied for 45 seconds with 15 seconds recovery in
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