Blood Pressure And Your Health

Hypertension & Rest

Hypertension is used to refer to a medical condition of a consistently raised blood pressure. Blood pressure levels in human beings vary according to age, weight, and medical condition, the level of physical activity and daily stress levels.

Hypertensive patients, however, steadily report high blood pressure levels despite the change in conditions. Such persons, even when at rest record high blood pressure readings. Usually, before taking a blood pressure reading, the patient is recommended to be at rest for some time.

The reading is more accurate when taken after a period of rest. Closely following physical activity with blood pressure measurement is deemed to provide a higher reading, even though the blood pressure may not be so high.

Hypertension and rest are not very closely related factors. People suffering from high blood pressure record high blood pressure readings, even when at rest.  Pregnant women who suffer from high blood pressure are often advised to take adequate rest and limit their physical activity. At times a complete bed rest may also be recommended. However, research indicates that bed rest has only a minor effect in lowering hypertension.

Hypertension during pregnancy can lead to blood clots and at times even lead to premature childbirth. Rest, in such cases, implies complete and full bed rest. Thus, the effects of advising rest to pregnant ladies suffering from hypertension must be closely studied to ensure that the after-effects will be beneficial. Rest may be advised only to provide frequent breaks to a patient suffering from high blood pressure from continued physical activity. In such cases, rest may help to bring down blood pressure levels that may have increased due to sustained physical activity.

Otherwise, in general circumstances, regular physical activity, like walking or light exercises are recommended for hypertensive patients.

It may be useful to consult a doctor on the need and benefits of taking rest during hypertension. The doctor, on the basis of the patient’s medical history and needs will advise most appropriately if frequent rest is required or not.