Dealing With High Blood Pressure

Hypertension commonly referred to as high blood pressure, can be seen more and more often in people as they grow older. People who suffer from borderline Hypertension are often advised to lead a healthy life while those who have major problems are treated with medication. It is important to keep a check on your pressure so that you can catch any problem quickly and get it treated.

Causes and Symptoms of High Blood Pressure

Most of the time, hypertension is caused due to bad lifestyle habits. These include smoking, drinking alcohol, a high intake of salt, lack of exercise, etc. Hypertension also occurs more in people as they get older. In some cases, it may also run in the family. These account for around 90% of hypertension cases.

If the Hypertension is not caused by these factors, the other factors are called secondary hypertension. These include problems like diabetes, hormonal conditions, consumption of contraceptive pills, kidney diseases, lupus, painkillers, recreational drugs, etc.

Even though it is difficult to catch the signs of Hypertension, these are some of the common symptoms that can be seen in people:

• Vision problems
• Bad headaches
• Bleeding from the nose
• Nausea
• Confusion

If you start to experience one or more of these symptoms frequently, it is advised to visit a doctor and get your blood pressure level checked.

Treating High Blood Pressure

Hypertension is usually kept under control with a combination of lifestyle changes and medication. Those who have borderline Hypertension are often told to change certain lifestyle habits in order to keep the blood pressure normal. Regular check-ups are also necessary so that the doctor can keep a track of the blood pressure levels and change the dosage of medicine if and when necessary.
It is also very important to change your lifestyle habits in order to control blood pressure levels. Here are some important changes in lifestyle that should be made by people suffering from Hypertension:

• Decrease the amount of salt that you consume in your food. It is advisable to reduce the junk food and switch to a lot of vegetables and fibrous foods.
• Exercise daily for at least 30 minutes. It is important to keep your weight in check and lose those extra pounds so that you are healthy
• Reduce the amount of stress. Stress can be a major factor that can contribute to high blood pressure.
• Stop smoking and reduce your consumption of alcohol to not more than one glass a day. Both these habits can cause a number of other problems coupled hypertension.
• Drink a lot of water daily

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High Blood Pressure – A Silent Killer, But Also a Blessing in Disguise

I had heard of high blood pressure all my life, as it ran in my family. My doctor had warned me many years ago that I had it but it was not high enough all the time at that point to get him to put me on a drug for it. I tried to change my diet, as per his instructions, but figured this was heredity and I could not do anything about it.

Looking back on it, going to my doctor for that was my first mistake, as my doctor has no nutritional training and did not know how to get rid of it, he just knew how to manage it. Needless to say dietary changes did not work out too well.

Over the years, it became more of a burdens than anything else and I just stopped watching my blood pressure closely. I used acupressure tapping to keep it at bay to some degree and I also worked on my fibromyalgia and put that in remission with my acupressure tapping (EFT). However, I soon started experiencing dizziness and was diagnosed with vertigo. Nothing was ever said about that being tied together with the blood pressure, because doctors do not treat the whole person, they just manage the symptoms you are having at that moment and no one thought to check the consistency of both being present.

Flash forward a few years, and I started having vertigo symptoms daily and feeling confused because of the dizziness. I did not know it was high blood pressure and was just treating the vertigo. Then one day, I woke up in the early morning hours and tried to get to the bathroom. My vertigo was out of control and I was shaky and very dizzy. When my sister called later that morning, I realized I could not really even talk to her and form the words to speak; I then went to the ER and found out that I was having a stroke. My BP was through the roof and now so were my blood sugars.

Through the hospitalization they put me on drugs to lower the BP and get my sugars under control, but the side-effects of the drugs still made me feel dizzy. I lost the use of my left side and had to relearn how to talk and walk, as well as use my left hand again. However, through the course of the next few months I found a naturopath, Dr. Glidden, which YouTube videos showed me that nutritionally speaking, my high blood pressure was a sign of a calcium and magnesium deficiency. I also learned that vertigo is osteoporosis of the skull and they were both related and is also a calcium deficiency. I also learned that through chromium and vanadium supplementation I could bring my sugars back into control as well (Another article will explain this one).

So, I got the youngevity products he suggested and I am now free of both the high BP and the high blood sugars. I'm off all the meds from the hospital. So, now my mission is to help others do the same thing I did. I have tried other products that stated they helped with high blood pressure and had even been on some minerals and calcium products to try to get the same results and all have failed. They were just not in a form that the body could uptake. Minerals have to be very small in order for the body to be able to grab it and get it into your blood stream. These Younggevity minerals are colloidal, which means very small, and are in a formulation that allows the little fingers in the gut (villae) to grab a hold of it and absorb it into your bloodstream. That is why they work so well.

So, I finally found the nutrition I needed to allow my body to heal itself. Now, I needed to heal the emotional component. Once the body is nitrified, any other alternative healing modality you use then affects the body so much stronger. I consulted Karol K Truman's book, Feelings Buried Alive Never Die, and found out that the emotional component to high blood pressure is: Feels a strong need to be in control of everything, allowing people or situations to bother you, letting your emotions and reactions rule you, and not minding your own business / interfering with others. I muscle tested the emotions and found that that I was reacting to all of them!

Muscle testing is a way of asking the body a yes or no question and getting a yes or no answer. Most people can do this by standing barefoot on the floor and setting the parameters for your body by leaving forward as far as possible with straight knees and saying 'this is yes, affirmative'. Then lean returns as far as possible and saying 'this is no, negative.' Then allow your body to just stand straight up in a neutral position and ask the question. Your body will either pull forward or lean back. It can be very subtle on some people so really pay attention.

Ask about each emotion listed and then note each response. When you get a yes on something, then note that and do the following: tap on your third eye point, the spot right in the middle of the forehead where a cyclops eye would be, with two fingers and then state the following while focusing on the tapping, “Even though I feel … (say the statement you triggered on), I choose to release this and allow my body and my blood pressure to be calm and peaceful.” to your body as well.

Once you are done with the tapping, take a minute to listen to your body and see if any memories come to mind. Then tap in that same area and state the memory and approximate age when you remember it happened and then ask your body to release it.

After you are finished you should feel so free and relaxed … ready to take on the day with the new minerals and new brighter outlook on life!

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Fear and Blood Pressure

Fear can be a good thing. It starts the “fight or flight” response that helps get us out of danger whether it be attack or retreat. When it is a constant feeling it is not good. It can be deadly.

Defining Chronic Fear : Many people call this anxiety disorder or similar terms. It is the constant fear that something is going to happen. It could be something real, like an earthquake. It could have something imagined like a child who fears the monster under the bed. It could be the thought of simply setting foot outside the house.

What's the Connection ? Fight or flight hormones that never stop cause blood pressure to rise (and stay there), blurred vision and a near inability to accomplish anything related to what is feared. I'll give you an example, using me.

I am afraid of water and I am afraid of heights. I live near the Pacific ocean and there are a lot of piers. Most of them have things to do on them, such as a restaurant or a ferris wheel. It takes every ounce of willpower I have simply to walk out onto any of them. I can feel my blood pressure go up. It's a perfectly safe pier.

What Can I Do ? For something like the example above you have to decide if what you want to do is more important than your fear. I wanted to say I was walking out on the longest pier in Southern California, and I did it. I'm actually very proud of that. This is something you may be able to do.

There are other fears that may not respond to “go out and do it.” Again, I'll use myself as an example. As mentioned I am afraid of heights. Can you imagine what even the thought of plane flight does to my insides? I can not fly without medical intervention.

Admitting something scares you and getting help can do more than make you happy about your accomplishments. Getting rid of the hormones that cause high blood pressure could save your life.

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That Makes My Blood Boil

We all have things that thoroughly tick us off. Sometimes it's a pet peeve. Sometimes it's an injustice. Every time we get angry we are putting ourselves at risk for the problems high blood pressure can cause.

Short Term Risks : According to WebMD , even a short term bout of fury increases the likelihood of a heart attack or a stroke. If you add other things that cause stress (like the reason for anger in the first place) the chances increase. Is letting out your anger by smashing things and yelling at people worth your life?

Long Term Risks : Short bouts of anger can be defused fairly easily if they are rare. Once the situation has calmed down the person does and so does blood pressure.

On the other hand, if you are angry all of the time your blood pressure is going to be high all of the time. There are a lot of valid things out there that cause cause rage but they can not be fixed if those who feel it the strongest are dead.

Fixing the Problem : I mean this in two ways. The first is to proactively work to fix the problem. If you are angry about kill Shelters then volunteer your time for rescue, TNR or no kill Shelters. If your city has many homeless and their condition others you, start or work with organizations that reach out to that population. You may be surprised at how many opportunities you have to turn your anger into something useful and beautiful.

The other part is fixing your internal issues. Nonmedical intervention may include meditation and deep breathing techniques. You may need medical help, especially if your blood pressure is really high. Explain the problem … all of it … to your doctor. A combination of therapies could reduce your numbers and help you turn what you feel into something meaningful.

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Improving Blood Pressure Numbers

Like many I was shocked to find out that I had stage 2 high blood pressure. I was in my middle forties … that's a condition for a much older person. I was wrong. In fact, I've learned that even children can suffer this malady.

This begged the question. Now what do I do? I was given a list, but I do not feel that the list is complete. There's more to this problem than diet and exercise. Sometimes other steps are needed.

Rest : If you burn the midnight oil and depend on caffeine or energy drinks to keep you going this could resolve your problem, at least in part. Sleep is necessary and we each have different needs in that department. Figure out how much you actually need and then sleep.

Food : A lot of favorite foods are on the “avoid” list. The problem comes in when we suffer through a boring diet. That is the fastest way I know of to slip up in healthy eating. Talk to a nutritionist and find healthy foods you actually like. You may also want to invest in a cookbook, and I do not mean a diet cookbook. There are substitutes for most of the higher fats sometimes employed and you can control the salt content if you cook it yourself.

Exercise : Moderate exercise three to five days a week is recommended. There are some things that should have added to that part of the list. As with food, find something you like to do. Try many different things until you find one that fits you.

Another thing to be aware of is that exercise does not have to be in complete chunks of time. Under normal circumstances I get ten minutes of exercise three times a day five days a week. It's called walking the dogs. Because the time is broken up it does not feel like much like exercise.

Meditation : There was a time when I could not associate the word with the right definition. Meditation is often thought of as something related to other religions. It does not matter, at least when it comes to reducing blood pressure. I have used it regularly that and stress.

Doctor : This is the most important part of lowering your numbers. The doctor can tell you which exercises are safe and can give you a referral to a nutritionist. If medications are needed they can be prescribed. In fact it may take two or three tries to get the right medications as there are several that work in different ways.

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Taking a Toddler’s Blood Pressure

I'll describe both before I get into the why and how bits. Sapphire Samurai is a 21 year old Balinese cat. Being at that age, which is positively ancient for a cat, requires special handling. This includes taking his blood pressure at each visit.

I have to say I was skeptical. That vet's office has handled our animals since 1981. They know the cat.

It took three of us. It's taken on the tail and it is a very small cuff. As you might understand there was some human blood shed … mostly mine.

The toddler blood pressure idea made me just as skeptical. This is in part because I am not particularly impressed with the care at that office. Our granddaughter was not impressed nor was she pleased. She can shriek loud enough to damage hearing and did so.

The above information may help you if you face a time when a toddler near and dear to your heart needs checked. There are some very good reasons for it.

Why : The child had required an emergency breathing treatment. That treatment causes the heart rate to soar and the blood pressure right along with it. It is frightening to see a small child's pulse at 174 / minute.

There are other reasons. Some disorders start young and cause problems with the numbers, both too low and too high. Obesity can start the process early. In these cases doctors often want to start as early age-wise as possible in order to have a baseline.

How : The process is the same. Managing to do it is not. It's best to have a short sleeved shirt on to dispense with the fight to roll the sleeves up. You may have to hold the child still. In fact, it may take one person to hold the arm, one to hold the child and one to do the test.

Problem : An agitated child will have a higher set of numbers than a calm child. If you know things that will help keep the child calm and amused by all means bringing them. The medical assistant will bless you for it.

If you do see numbers that seem appropriate ask the doctor to explain them to you. It may be a temporary problem like ours with the rescue inhaler. It could also be a sign of something much worse. Dealing with an unhappy toddler is far better than dealing with an illness that could have been prevented.

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Will Diet Alone Lower Blood Pressure

There are lists of foods people with high blood pressure should avoid. There are lists that should eat. These lists do not always agree with each other. They also do not present the entire solution to this medical condition.

Importance of Diet : That does not mean we should eat whatever we want. There are things in our diets that can raise blood pressure and lower it. Sodium causes it to go up and garlic can help bring it down.

Exercise : Wherever you see the word “diet” the word “exercise” is likely to be close by. Getting our body into shape takes both and both lead to lower numbers. Thirty minutes a day several days a week can help make a big difference.

Stress Management : Perfectly fit people who are conscious of their diet can still have high blood pressure. This may be due to high levels of stress. A hormone called cortisol is released into the blood stream and problems begin.

Education : This is the best place to start in the battle against hypertension. While reading books and articles on this topic are good the best person to talk to about it is your doctor. The doctor can help you figure out which exercises are safe for you and the doctor can refer you to a nutritionist to help with the diet.

If you choose to do a new form of exercise it would be wise to speak to someone who is trained in that form. Even jogging can cause injuries if it is done improperly or without the proper shoes, etc.

No, most of us can not lower our blood pressure with food alone. It takes a few pronged attack and may require professional help.

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Four Surprising Causes of Hyptertension

Have you ever had an experience where something just grates on your nerves? You may have discovered one of the hidden causes of high blood pressure.

Coworkers : I have heard some interesting stories in this area. One person had a coworker who was addicted to almonds. This person sat in the next cubicle. That means a half an inch of cardboard away. It became almost like the water torture test. How many crunches does it take to drive someone batty?

Another had a coworker who very carefully snuck a week's worth of his responsibilities into those of his office mates. I truly wonder what happened when that came home to roost.

Commute : This one may or may not be surprising, especially if the commute is in busy traffic. Drivers almost revert to childhood and get angry because someone skipped up front right before a lane change. Not a good plan and definitely a cause for increased blood pressure.

Eating at your Desk : This could be a 600 word article all by itself. People who eat at their desk usually do not eat food that is good for them. It's most likely to be something from the lunch truck. They also do not have a break from everything going on around them (including the almond cruncher).

The worst problem for me is knowing what visits my keyboard after I close down my computer. If you work in a large building there is probably a rodent population. Those guys just love to browse the crumbs on the keyboard and gobble up the tidbits on the mouse pad. They may even leave you a nice, pellet shaped gift.

Skipping Lunch : While it might make you feel virtuous to miss the fattening food on the lunch truck and to have a pristine keyboard and mouse pad, it's the worst thing on this list. What happens is that you come home from work (or to the grocery store) hungry.

This sets you up for an evening of snacks. High sodium and high fat foods will probably determine dinner and as you missed lunch, portion control is out the window.

The first step in resolving a problem, and that includes hypertension, is to know what the causes are. If you've tried everything else, take a look around for those little things that add up. It could save your life.

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Seasonal Blood Pressure Problems

It happens every spring. As soon as the avocado tree in the front yard starts to flower I start having serious asthma difficulties. In the fall it's typically the sycamore growing in the parkway. With these allergies comes a rise in blood pressure.

Spring : Allergies are not the only problem that can cause a seasonal spike in hypertension. When I was growing up spring was time for planting the garden. It can be very tiring work and as it often means being bent over or crawling on hands and knees (hanging on the plant), our numbers can rise.

While most students would not recognize it, the final spring problem is actually finals. This is in part the anxiety over the tests themselves but the highest likely candidate are energy drinks. Students think of them as a way to get in a few extra hours of studying. That can be unwise. The reaction of the nervous system does not make the outcome of testing likely to be better.

Summer : Most Americans walk around in a permanent state of dehydration. By the time we feel thirsty the process is already well under way. Dehydration causes our numbers to go up.

Two other problems can cause us a summertime rise in this condition. Too much sun, even if it does not result in heat exhaustion or heat stroke can create this condition. So can bites or stems, especially to those allergic.

Fall : Ah, the holidays. Costumes, parties, gift shopping … stress are all parts of it. Some people actually need medication during this time period in order to get through it. Please remember that there are those who have good reasons for not enjoying them. They may be alone or had a death in the family. Spreading cheer must be done with compassion in mind.

Winter : This is the time frame when most of us are likely to get sick. It's not because the weather makes us sick. It's because the weather brings us all inside. In some places, injuries are likely due to ice and snow.

The worst malady for high blood pressure is cabin fever. Being stuck at home (or any other location) for days at a time becomes irritating. Arguments and fights are likely. Everyone just wants to get out of there.

It may take some planning to get around these seasonal problems. Study earlier and cramming will not be needed. Talk to the doctor about allergies. Make sure you drink enough even if you do not feel thirsty. Plan on new things to do during inclement weather. These could help keep your blood pressure under control.

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Tools to Lower Blood Pressure

High blood pressure can be a frightening diagnosis. Most of us do not understand how it works but we do know that it can lead to serious medical problems. Here are some tools to help understand and lower the readings.

Reading : Read books and articles on this topic. Some of the best sites include Medscape , MEDLINE and PubMed . All of these are run by experts in the various medical topics being researched.

Do not stop there. Read the nutrition and ingredients labels of every prepackaged product you purchase. Do not go by percentages. They are designed for a 2000 calorie diet and most of us do not need that many calories. Go by the amount of each item. If the sodium, saturated fat and cholesterol (in that order) are too high, look for a healthier solution.

Monitoring : The only way to know if the readings are too high is if you know what they are. Blood pressure kits are not that expensive and they are fairly easy to use. Mine cost $ 15 and it can be done by one person. Keep a record, taking the readings two or three times per day at about the same time of day. This will help the doctor determine whether there is a problem and what to do about it.

Managing : In order to manage hypertension you'll need to talk to your doctor and a nutritionist. They can let you know what limits you need to set for sodium and fat, and how to incorporate that into your lifestyle.

Action : None of the above will work without you take action. It's easy to ignore the small details such as nutrition labels but that can lead to big problems. Set a goal for yourself and use the tools available to reach them.

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Hypertension at School

The dangers of hypertension should not be ignored. The condition is hard to spot without proper medical checkups and students may not consider themselves especially at risk. Here are some reasons to change that.

Stress : As a student progresses through school the classes become more challenging. Sometimes a subject required for graduation is not one that's easy for everyone who has to take it. This causes stress. Prolonged stress can lead to problems with blood pressure.

Food : The phrase “starving student” can be pretty accurate. This leads to a diet of things high in salt. If you've ever read the nutrition chart on a cup of Ramen noodles you might be surprised. There are other common foods students love to eat and are affordable that are just as bad.

Fear : When one hits college / university level of education a lot of things change. Many students move out of their family home and onto campus. That can be scary. Others worry about classes and grades. Some may worry about getting onto a particular sport team. These fears are not necessarily short term and can create problems.

Energy Drinks : I've read reports of kids drinking these beverages so they can stay up later to study. I've read reports of kids drinking them so they can stay up later to have fun. I've also read about these kids dying.

Energy drinks are not a substitute for sleep. They are very high in sugar, caffeine and caffeine related substances. They can cause hypertension. If there is an underlining heart problem it could be worse.

These hypertension factors can be resolved. If there are problems with stress or fear, talk to a counselor. Most colleges and universities have them available. If the problem is with studying, ask about tutoring sessions.

When it comes to food, spend some time looking for healthier options. It may not be easy and you may have to actually cook, but eating right should begin as early as possible.

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Green Tea and Hypertension – How Does Green Tea Affect Blood Pressure?

As a master herbalist I'm a little wary of hopping onto the bandwagon when an herb, fruit or vegetable starts getting popular. Without it has been studied a great deal claims made for them are pretty unsubstantiated, no matter what the hype.

Green tea has been studied a great deal. It does have benefits and it does have drawbacks. Knowing both sides is the best way to find out if it will work for you.

The Good : The caffeine content of green tea can boost the metabolism. It is used in weight loss products for that purpose and it is one of the few I suggest to clients when asked about that sort of supplement.

A 2004 study of Chinese tea drinkers reported that a half cup of green or oolong tea per day cut high blood pressure by 50%. A constituent of the tea, called a flavonoid is thought to be responsible. This study sums up the theory that there was a connection that had been going on for many years.

The Bad : To get enough green tea to rise metabolism requires at least twelve cups. That's why they are in supplement form. It's rather hard to drink twelve cups of anything in one day and it would probably be hazardous due to the amount of fluids required.

According to the Mayo Clinic, caffeine can raise blood pressure a great deal fairly quickly. It is temporary as long as it's limited. If someone drinks fluids with caffeine constantly that may make readings higher all of the time. There are people that develop an immunity to the caffeine and it is not a problem. If you have been diagnosed with this medical condition you may want to consult your doctor about caffeine take.

The Compromise : There are doctors that will say outright that you should avoid all caffeine. On the other hand, some doctors are willing to see which way your body will go with the tea, because it does have health benefits. You may be asked to buy an inexpensive blood pressure kit and take daily readings. This will determine if you need to cut back, quit or that you are fine.

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Best Vegetables to Reduce High Blood Pressure – Vegetable Treatment for Hypertension

There was not any arguing with mom. On top of being our mother she was a registered nurse. Even in retirement she can be count on for advice on what to eat. Believe me, we ate our vegetables. Now I know more about why.

Leafy Greens : There are chemicals in leafy green vegetables that can lower blood pressure. It works best when ate along with a healthy fat like olive oil, nuts or avocado. The chemical is a nitro fatty acid, according to a study reported in the New York Daily News.

Beans : Some beans and legumes not only help with hypertension they are also good for diabetics, especially those with associated higher BP numbers. This study was published in the Huffington Post. The study indicated that people needed to consume one cup (190 grams) of these vegetables a day for this purpose.

Garlic : According to the University of Maryland School of Complementary Medicine, garlic is beneficial when it comes to lowering pressure readings. There is a warning for those on aspirin regimen or taking blood thinners. Garlic can have the same effect. Talk to your doctor if using it in more than food amounts.

Foods that Do not Count : Some things, like juice, only count for one serving no matter how much is consumed. Other foods simply are not on the list. Potatoes, sweet potatoes and yams are not on the list, according to Blood Pressure UK.

How do I know for sure ? The best way to find out which vegetables to add and how much to be consumed is to talk to a nutritionist. Most doctors are willing to refer and many insurance programs will pay entirely for wellness visits. This way, customs, cultures and individual likes and dislikes can be taken into account.

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Hypotension Vs Hypertension – High Vs Low Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is a common medical problem. It seems to happen as we age, as we become overweight and in some cases because of racial or family history.

Low blood pressure is not talked about much at all. That does not mean it's safe. Aside from the fact that when it's at zero the person is dead, it can create problems of its own.


Pregnancy : A pregnant woman can have, at one time or another through gestation, both. In the early months, particularly if morning sickness tends to last all day, low blood pressure is a problem. It is one of the causes of false during pregnancy.

Towards the end of gestation another complication can occur. It starts with pre-eclampsia , a rise in blood pressure and a rise in protein in the urine. This can move on to toxemia in pregnancy which is dangerous for both mother and child. This is treated by bed rest, medications and sometimes an emergency ceserean section. The birth of the child usually ends the problem.

Medications : Supplements and medications can play a role in both hypo – and hypertension. Over the counter medications can be involved with both. Medication to reduce blood pressure can drop it too low. Other medical conditions are also a cause in both.

Posture : Pregnant women are warned never to stand up quickly, particularly early in the pregnancy. It can cause light headedness and false, due to hypotension. Older individuals may have the same difficulties. It is caused by the pooling of some of the blood in the lower extremeties decreasing blood flow through the torso.

Prevention : The best prevention for both conditions is talking to your doctor and your pharmacist. This will help you avoid drugs that will make your condition worse as well as find out what is causing the problems. In some cases, simple changes can keep the numbers in the proper areas.

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What Does Stage One Hypertension Mean?

Being diagnosed with hypertension may be scary and / or confusing. There are very few noticeable symptoms which makes the problem worse. Understanding what it is, the levels and what you can do will make things easier.

By the Numbers : There are two numbers that make up blood pressure readings. One is when the heart is beating. That is systolic pressure. The other is between beats when the heart is at rest. That is diastolic pressure.

There are four levels but only two are called stages. Normal readings range from 90 to 119 systolic and 60 to 79 diastolic. Prehypertension is from 120 to 139 over 80 to 89. Stage one is 140 to 149 over 90 to 99. Anything over 150 over 100 is stage two.

Why is it important ? Think of your blood vessels like a water hose. Attached to that hose are a filter and the mechanism that pumps the water. Those would be the kidneys and the heart. Turn the pressure up and damage can happen to both. If the numbers are too high for a long period of time, both the filter and the pump can fail. If that's your kidneys and / or your heart, you could die.

Fixing It : While it's not as simple as turning the hose down so the water does not damage there are things that can be done to lower the problem of hypertension. Lifestyle changes are often recommended, including weight loss and avoiding caffeine.

Medication may also be needed. There are several different types, so it could take a bit before the numbers are where your doctor wants them.

The bottom line is that this symptomless condition needs to be found as early as possible. Regular checks are a must and if you are at risk for the condition your doctor may ask that you take readings at home. Kits are available, inexpensive and fairly easy to use. This will help you keep your heart and kidneys safe.

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