Exercise Is King – Really?

Had a word with my doctor on my latest visit, approbably enough, to renew my quarterly prescriptions for my blood pressure issues, as there is SO much information out there telling you that this medication, that exercise, or even those holistic drugs are better than anything you already have in your army of items to reduce your, or anyone's, blood pressure, cholesterol, etc. Or even that they are worse.

One of the things I was worried about, was all the snippets of reports stating how bad – or good – statins are for a person. And there are heaps of other comments, for and against. And that there is even more information out there about this medication. Even before I had finished explaining my concerns he had printed off a report from the medical world, which I read when I got home.

Now, I tend to be skeptical about things I read in newspapers or even online, but I did manage to take a couple of things from this report. Which came from a legitimate medical source.

It seems that if you have a high cholesterol level, something such as angina, or if you have suffered some sort of heart incident, stroke or TIA, Statins are recommended as they help reduce the risk of these conditions getting lost, or delay this result . Or you have a significantly increased risk of developing atheroma-related disease. For instance if you have diabetes. Your risk is considered high when your score is 10% or more it is possible you could develop such a disease in the next 10 years.

The report stated that your doctor should organize a blood test before starting on statin medication, while at the same time he will probably check your level of cholesterol and that your liver is working properly. After starting treatment it is advised that you have another blood test at 1-3 months and again at 12 months. In order to check that your liver has not been affected my the medication. And also check to measure your cholesterol level to see how well your statins are working.

There are some side effects, such as headaches, pins & needles, tummy pain, bloating, diarrhoea, nausea, and a rash. Unfortunately it appears that taking statins can be associated with aa36% increasing risk of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

Eating grapefruit, or drinking the juice, is not recommended as it can increase the level of statin in the bloodstream, but only with simvastatin atorvastatin or lovastatin.

Unfortunately, at this stage, I have reluctantly concluded that I clearly need to take them but, after talking with my doctor, know that he will not keep me taking them if I can, with good diet, regular exercise and keeping myself as stress free as possible, reduce my own incidence of heart related effects

Of course, I did not JUST take information from the report. As research is my second love after writing, I just had to get online, see what I could find from other sources.

One of them stated that, after the analysis of almost 250,000 people, it was determined that simvastatin and pravastatin were found to have fewer side effects. Unfortunately, there is strong evidence that statins can lead to weight gain and a modest increase in the risk of diabetes.

It is also advised that you tell your doctor if you have any unexpected muscle pains, tenderness, cramps or weakness.
But what they have also found is that the benefits of taking statins, greatly outweighs the risks.

So, as my continued good health is important to me I, at least, will constantly monitor my progress towards being medication free. But continue to take my statins without and until it is proven that they are injurious to my continued good health.

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Exercise Is King – Again

Exercise is King

Like most mature adults, I am on high blood pressure medication. Which I find really irritating. SO I have been looking for ways to reduce my blood pressure enough to not need the chemical medications I am taking.

As always, research beckoned, where I found so many offers that I almost got lost in the research instead of what I really intended to do.

1. I hate to admit it, but the first thing that came up was, to lose weight, taking particular note of your waist measurements, (under 40 for for men, 35 in for women), so assuming there are others out there like me, I am passing some of them on to you.

The following is from the staff at The Mayo Clinic

“Blood pressure often increases as weight increases. Being overweight also can cause disrupted breathing while you sleep (sleep apnea), which further raises your blood pressure.

Weight loss is one of the most effective lifestyle changes for controlling blood pressure. Losing just 10 pounds (4.5 kilograms) can help reduce your blood pressure.

Besides shedding pounds, you generally should also keep an eye on your waistline. Carrying too much weight around your waist can put you at greater risk of high blood pressure. ”

2. Then, exercise: – Just 30 mins most days of the week (I try to manage 5), can have an acute impact and can lower your blood pressure by as much as 4 to 9 ml mercury (mm Hg). I am so up for that! Best options – walking, jogging, cycling, swimming or dancing, or even strength training.

I think most of us can manage a walk or two and for me, if it's not an option, then I work out on some floor exercises at home. For weights I use a couple of bottles of water and sit on the edge of the sofa for leg workouts.

3. Keep to a healthy diet. It is recommended that you Be a smart shopper. Read food labels when you shop and stick to your healthy-eating plan when you're dining out, too. It's not always easy, but the benefits are huge.

Try to eat fewer processed foods. Only a small amount of sodium occurs naturally in foods. Most sodium is added during processing. Checking the labels will show just how much sodium (salt) and sugars of various kinds are added during the processing. These are added as much to increase the shelf life of a product, which does not appeal to me in the slightest.

These days I've started freezing my own vegetables, which I found so much less complicated and difficult than I thought. So now I have a freezer full of frozen vegetables that contain no sugar, salt which I admittedly added to the water. But, I only blanched the veggies and used the same water for any that do not add a strong flavor to the water. So my salt use is kept to a minimum.

I then checked out some foods etc that can help with lowering blood pressure. Now I've never gone in much for flavored teas, except green and Earl Gray, but on the research front I came across the following.

Hibiscus tea contains phytochemicals that play a role in reducing blood pressure, Soy contains Isoflavones which can also help reduce the systolic blood pressure reading (the one on top). They also help in the production of nitric oxide enzymes, which help in the relaxation of blood vessels, reducing blood pressure.

4. Quit smoking

5. Work on reducing your stress levels.

6. Every cell in the body has a receptor for Vitamin D so work on absorbing, or taking Vitamin D. This can be found first and foremost in the sun's rays. It needs to be noted that if you live more than 35% up or down from the equator, this can lead to very little being absorbed as the sun's rays are weaker. Although, exposing arms and legs to the sun for 5-45 minutes between the hours of 10am – 3pm, is usually enough to meed the daily requirements for most skin types.

It can be found in oily fish, fish liver oil and egg yolks, among others. Every cell in our bodies have a receptor for Vitamin D. It's deficiency is also linked to type 1 Diabetes, MS, high blood pressure and thyroid problems.

Thanks to Authority Nutrition at Healthline.

Overweight people can also need higher amounts of the vitamin.

Do not forget alcohol –

Usually more than one drink a day for women and for men older than age 65, or more than two a day for men age 65 and younger. One drink equals 12 ounces of beer, five ounces of wine or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof liquor.

Drinking more than moderate amounts of alcohol can actually raise blood pressure by several points. It can also reduce the effectiveness of blood pressure medications.

Sadly (for me), Caffeine is also bad for blood pressure levels. But then, having reduced my intake has been quite good really, so can not complain.

Generally, Overall –

Blood pressure needs to be less than 120/80

To avoid high cholesterol – Keep numbers to less than

100 mg for LDL (bad) cholesterol.

60 mg + for HDL (good) cholesterol.

If overweight, or to prevent becoming overweight, watch waist measurements stay under 40 in – men, 35 in – women.

Exercise regularly

Eat less than 7% of calories in saturated fat.

Eat less than 200 mg of dietary cholesterol foods.

So, if we want to avoid, or reverse our dependency on chemicals, following a diet plan that can actually help, is a no brainer really, is not it?

A final note, Statins are collectively responsible for making recipients tired and suffering from memory loss. Another reason for being able to avoid having to take such medications I think.

This research is an amazing way of finding and, where possible, avoiding the common situations many of us encounter when we reach adulthood, for some, this does not just mean when we are past the age of 55.

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Your ‘Hypertension’ Diagnosis – Get a Second Opinion

Feeling lightheaded or dizzy? Have you been recently diagnosed with hypertension and taking medications for it? Retake your blood pressure! Better yet, have a professional nurse take it with a stethoscope and a sphygmomanometer, note your blood pressure. A normal blood pressure should read 120/80. A blood pressure that reads higher than that for a diagnosed period may lead your physician to diagnose you with an ICD-10 (I10) billing code of HYPERTENSION. My concern is a two-fold question; Did the person taking the blood pressure use an automatic machine and did he / she use proper technique? It is not a mystery or unknown that some technicians will perform their jobs better than others. This concerns me.

Technique is used when taking a blood pressure. The apparatus used is paramount. The reason I say this is because the automatic machines will give you a false reading versus a stethoscope and a sphygmomanometer. With a stethoscope and sphygmomanometer, the technician can auscultate or hear the first 'thump' which is the systolic number where the vessel is beginning to open and pressure against the vessel walls are measured when the heart beats. The last 'thump' is the diagnostic number; the vessel is open and blood pressure is determined here while the heart rests between beats. This renders a reading of systolic over diastolic. This reading can determine a person's blood pressure. A diagnosis of hypertension or hypo tension or normal will be more accurate when heard through a stethoscope. I believe this method is more dependable and should be used to diagnostic rather than using an automatic machine.

Automatic blood pressure machines: Automatic machines can be reliable if the baseline (by using a stethoscope and sphygmomanometer) of an individual's pressure has already been determined; otherwise, there is ambiguity in the reading. Automatic machines offer a 'quick, fast, and in a hurry' reading which can be correct but more often incorrect. Some automatic machines may render more accurate readings than others; most will not even read the same on the same person using the same arm at the same time. I have not studied the machines, but I've fallen victim to an automatic machine used in my doctor's office. To sum up the use of automatic blood pressure machines … the readings can be false and should never be used for diagnosis, especially those used on the wrist.

Oh, I know someone is saying, “Well the machines are used in the hospital all the time, so they have to be somewhat reliable”. Right! The machines used in hospitals and other acute care facilities are not the same caliber of machines used in doctors' offices and clinics. Listen, I'm not saying not to trust the machines; I'm saying educate yourself about your own blood pressure and how it was measured in all capacities.

Technique: Healthcare professional's technique should be noted and reprimanded rather than be an automatic machine or the conventional way. For instance, blood pressures should never be taken with bulky sleeves due to clothing. The cuff should start snug and not tight nor loose. The rubber air tubing should be placed at the antecubital space and not in the back or elsewhere. By way of the auscultation, the bell of the stethoscope should be placed right under the air tube as well. For auscultation accuracy while using a stethoscope, the area should be quiet.

My experience: In 2013, my doctor diagnosed me with hypertension. I asked it. I had my blood pressure taken back after after which for a period of six months and sure enough, a high reading was never revealed. So, I stop taking the medication. At that time, I was taking a small dose of Lisinopril, which made me cough to almost death anyway. By the way, the coughing ceased after about two weeks of discontinuing the Lisinopril. That was the worst experience, ever! Sorry, but folk need to know that too.

I returned to the doctor's office for a diabetes visit and noted the technique of the office aide that took my pressure and it read something high. Well, the technique was way off, and I did not believe the reading. The doctor asked if I had taken my BP medications and I answered, 'no, because I do not have high blood pressure'. He then began to look to see what it read on that day and assured me I had high blood pressure and requested that I take the medications to get it down or make it normal. I said, '' OK 'but had no intentions on taking the medication. I monitored my own BP once again with a nurse (my staff nurse) that used a stethoscope and sphygmomanometer. medication. My baseline is textbook (120/80). I knew this.

So, on the next visit I noticed the technician used the automatic machine and cuff wrong again and my pressure read high again and at the same time of that visit the doctor thought he would send me to a specialist for diabetic teaching and stabilization. On that first visit, the office aide took my pressure with a stethoscope and sphygmomanometer and it read pretty normal. The doctor came in and said 'well, I do not think you have high blood pressure, but continue to monitor it and let us know if it is higher than 140. I said sure.

Time passed, a year or so with normal pressures recorded every three months until one visit it read high even with the conventional equipment, but I can not recall the technique.

It read high and the doctor prescribed for me Losartan 50mg once daily. I had to take my first dose on a short vacation, so I could not monitor my pressure before I had taken it. I was driving home from Arkansas and realized I could not feel the pavement as I drve; I was lightheaded and dizzy and had to pull over into a rest stop to rest until the dizziness and lightheadedness subsided, almost an hour. I was convinced that I did not have high blood pressure, I was nonfunctional and weak because I had taken an antihypertensive drug unnecessarily and decided not to take anymore Losartan until I saw the doctor again.

The next visit my husband joined me for a yearly physical at the doctor's office where the nurse aide uses an automatic machine. His blood pressure is always normal. After visiting the same doctor with the same office help, he was told that his blood pressure needed to be monitored because it read HIGH. Why? Because the office help, medical assistant, nurse aide or even a nurse took his blood pressure wrong? I know she did because the same person took mine and it read high as well. I was appalled thinking this can not be really happening. I was thinking, “Is this what's going on in the world? Maybe just this country for monetary or pharmaceutical greed?” I was thinking, “do I need to warn the public about this cavalier attitude of taking blood pressures?” I was thinking, “do I blow the whistle to all the insurance companies who are paying for these cockamamie diagnoses of hypertension and medications?”. The warm part of my heart which the largest part of my heart lead me to write about my experience because it may be happening more often than it should and people need to know.

This is not a petty belief. It is more real than the footprints of Sasquatch that I've never seen but seemingly others have. But the folk that have had similar experiences will think over their experiences and hopefully add light to this cause of public awareness.

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Reducing Hypertension – Reasons to Drink Aloe Vera Juice

The highest pressure reached during each heartbeat is called systolic pressure, and the lowest between two beats is known as diastolic pressure. Most young adults have blood pressure around 120/80. It usually increases with age, even going up to 160/90.

Blood pressure is high when these two readings are equivalent to or more prominent than (120/80 – 140/90). This is hypertension.

The issue with hypertension is that it does not come alone, however, if you are a hypertensive person then you are at higher risk of having other different significant health issues. Hypertension will not show symptoms, however, could cause medical issues like heart and kidney problems. Some studies show that supplements with Vitamin C could help lower blood pressure.

The historical background of utilizing Aloe Barbadensis for wellbeing and excellence was begun numerous years ago. Distinctive people and cultures around the globe have been using this plant both as a topical and as a feature of the daycare regime. History stated that Egyptians, Greeks, Chinese and Indian had been utilizing this facility for mending many infections.

As an ever massive number of individuals use conventionally, and homegrown treatment for their medical problem, the popularity of Aloe begins to rise again. Bringing down pulse or hypertension is one of the numerous medical benefits that individuals trusted Aloe could give. This is uplifting news for those with hypertension issue since they do not have to depend on any medicinal drug any longer which may have some opposite reactions to bring down their blood pressure.

Expanding on Aloe barbadensis is one approach to get this advantage. Individuals set up the plant and blend the Aloe gel with water. Be that as it may, since not every person approaches fresh Aloe Barbadensis from the plant, they can purchase Aloe Vera squeeze in the retail chain.

How Aloe Vera helps lower people blood pressure

Aloe Barbadensis contains vitamin C that is expected to make collagen as a fundamental piece of the vein. Aloe is additionally ready to upgrade the blood flow by widening the vessels, fortifying the veins and courses which will at last influence the blow displacement to go speedier and that represents bringing down the general population blood pressure. Aloe Vera juice strengnthes arteries and veins and therefore regulate blood pressure.

Best aloe vera juice used as a natural remedy to control hypertension and even helps in lowering blood sugar as it contains polysaccharides and glycoproteins.

The scientists have demonstrated that Aloe has ever-increasing many benefits. This is the thing that Mother Nature has offered, and individuals can discover it efficiently. From all perspectives, it is much better than the therapeutic counter medicine.

Precautions

Aloe Vera is safe when applied externally to the skin and taken orally.

It is good to consult a physician before you wish to consume aloe Vera juice for blood pressure. Long-term use of aloe latex could cause electrolyte imbalance.

Pregnant and breastfeeding women are advised not to take aloe products without the doctor's prescription. Aloe Vera supplements could interact with drugs prescribed for the heart, steroids, diabetes or laxatives.

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Your Lifestyle And Hypertension (Part 2)

Let's go a little quantitative and slightly medical for a while. When you visit your doctor or any legally recognized health practitioner, taking your blood pressure is one of the basic examinations to be performed. And afterwards, they usually scribble some jargons on a piece of paper and probably prescribe to you some drugs thereafter, with cacographic handwritings. Blood pressures are measured with the use of a sphygmomanometer tied around your upper arm as a cuff, and the values ​​are documented as a fraction of your highest blood pressure (systolic) to your lowest blood pressure (diastolic). Normal values ​​are of the ranges 100-140mmHg for the systolic and 60-90mmHg for the diastolic.

Secondary hypertensity usually results from an identifiable cause. It is a case of “if Jericho refuses to challenge Israel, Israel must pull down Jericho!” Either way, everyone must know that Israel wins. This means that primary hypertension can later become Secondary hypertension or Secondary hypertension can usually occur on its own due to identifiable causes such as Kidney failure, Hyperthryroidism or Coarctation of the Aorta and so many others. Either way, one's body organs begin to fail. Jericho's wall starts to fall!

Two new concepts suddenly emerge at this point. The one is called Hypertensive urgencies and the other is known as hypertensive emergencies. Both involve a sustained high blood pressure above normal (about 180/110 mmHg), however the litter usually occurs with an evidence of target organ damage. What are these target organs? They include the eyes, the Kidneys, Brain, Lungs and Heart. Imagine a blind bedridden human with paralysis, bad kidneys and yet has a heart attack. A good example of the living dead. Many patients are usually noncompliant when the doctor says, “Sir, we would need to admit you immediately.” This statement is often made when the childrens have written resignation letter to the association of body parts and both eyes have decided to get a divorce.

Is Hypertension Age Dependent?
While hypertension is commonly a condition in adults and much worse in the elderly, children oftentimes are diagnosed with hypertensive but this is very rare: like finding one bad egg in a warehouse of shipped crates. Children affected often fail to thrive or develop as should be, frequently have nose bleeding, easily fatigued, often breathless, blurred vision, irritability seizures and sometimes facial paralysis. If found in children, it usually is a pointer to a problem with their kidneys.

I'm Pregnant, What about me?
Hypertension would usually occur in 8-10% of global pregnancies, and is said to be in pregnancy if there is sustained elevation of blood pressure after 2 checkups within a 6-hour period in between checkup's. It could be a preexisting hypertension which must have been present before conception. It could also be gestational due to pregnancy and may then progress to what we call Preeclampsia which is characterized by increased protein in the urine in addition to the raised blood pressure. Preeclampsia is present in 5% of pregnancies. However, preecmplamsia can further progress to becoming Eclampsia, which is a very fatal gestational hypertensive emergency. It is capable of claiming the lives of both mother and unborn child. Pregnant women should have regular antenatal checkups and have their blood pressures closely monitored and controlled when necessary.

Even drugs are Culprits.
All substances are potential poisons, the dosage would tell. There are many other factors besides drug dosage that can cause adverse drug effects. Drugs such as NSAIDS (pain killers), Oral contraceptives like morning after pill, drugs that increase your heart rate, drugs that retain fluid in your blood vessels (Antidiuretics) and various Steroids can cause Secondary hypertension.

What do I do now?
Hypertension is not the end of life. Visit your doctor and listen to whatever treatment modalities he or she gives you. Be compliant. This is a serious one. Poorly managed hypertension is as good as no treatment at all. Appropriate lifestyle configurations are essential here: exercise regularly, reduce salt intake, avoid much stress, smoking and alcohol intake should be a no no, or at least reduced to nonlethal amounts. You may also want to quit these 2 habits meet with your doctor for advice. Eat well and Sleep well. DASH (Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension) diet is encouraged here. Your meals should generally contain low fat dairy foods, enough vegetables and whole grains, fruits are also essential with limited sugar-sweetened foods and beverages.

Hypertension is another hidden menace in our evolving society. Let's all join hands and fight it off together. Health is no doubt Wealth.

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Your Lifestyle and Hypertension (Part 1)

Hypertension is a chronic (long term) medical condition which is characterized by a persistent increase in the blood pressure in our arteries. This is why it is also called High Blood Pressure (HBP). We may have come across it in many literatures being referred to as a silent killer! Yes. It sure is one. Nobody wants to reach the end of the time of life, at least not at an age when much work is still left undone, words left unsaid, and special people left unloved. This is where it gets a little dicey. More than 50% of those with hypertension do not even know that they have it! More like an insecure king wining and dining with a traitor and a lot of times many more traitors as we will come to realize in prospect.

Here are some epidemiological facts to serve as an eye opener for us to understand what is really at stake here

Hypertension is generally of two types. A primary type and of course a secondary type. The primary type is caused by non-specific factors involving one's lifestyle or genetic predisposition. These factors include but are not limited to smoking, obesity, high salt intake, sedentary lifestyle, depression and it accounts for over 95% of the total hypertensive individuals. The remaining 5% or thereabout have the secondary type of hypertension which is due to or secondary to known pre-existing causes such as chronic kidney disease, hormonal abnormalities, use of birth control pills, pregnancy, coarctation of the largest artery in the body, the aorta and stenosis of one or both renal arteries.

Fortunately, hypertension is one of those medical conditions which are readily preventable and then proper treatments, preventive techniques and management strategies are well utilized. This means there is actually one way to know your Hypertensive status. This is in essence but in fact that it is by getting your blood pressure checked repeatedly. Hypertension if left unchecked, could cause any of the following:
Coronary artery disorder; a disease of the blood vessels that supplies the heart itself with nutrients and blood
2. Heart failure
3. Stroke
4. Blindness
5. Chronic Kidney Disease
6. Peripheral Vascular Disease
7. Multiorgan Failure
8. Death

Why must I examine my lifestyle?

I would start with those who love salt so much that we even salt our soft drinks, drinking water and bathing water. I would have to bring our minds back to the Ebola virus outbreak in Nigeria some years ago where different sacrilegious ideas came up from nowhere advising people to chew kolanut with salt water and to have their bath with salt water. I hope we know that many people supposedly died of this act than from the disease outbreak itself.

The normal and most striking attribute of salt in the body system is to pull along with it as much water as it can. Here, engorging the blood vessels and making them overloaded with fluid. The heart in response to this starts to overwork itself so as to compensate for the unnecessary increase in volume it has to pump per cycle. Before you know what is happening, the heart begins to fail until it ever gives way to stress.

Next is smoking. This one is very bad and its medical signal goes beyond hypertension. It is the single most important factor for developing coronary artery disease. Smoking grossly increases the chance of getting down with hypertension in the long run. Its close relative, Alcohol is also a major stakeholder in the world of lifestyle diseases. Hypertension gotten through one of these is not good let alone combining both alcohol and smoking. I can imagine the great wall of Jericho falling flat once more.

Worthy of mention also is a very common one of which basically everyone is a culprit. This is exercise. The standard approach about this is that one should have at least 30 minutes of exercise each day for at least 3 days in a week. This is the minimum you are allowed to go. Exercise simply helps your heart to improve in its function and enable it to cope with increased workload barring any case, you might have gotten engaged with much salt or other substance that overloads your blood volume. Also, your heartbeat is increased and blood flows faster. These and many more are the wonderful effects of exercise on your body.

There is a serious relationship between hypertension and obesity. Obese individuals typically have impaired carbohydrate, protein and lipid metabolisms. As such, they usually have a strong tendency to have Diabetes Mellitus and under-utilized high level of glucose in the blood is just as harmful as salt in the blood. Bad lipids are often times deposited on the walls of their arteries thusby reducing their diameters and restricting the flow of blood in it. This is one of the causes of hypertension in the obese; increased peripheral resistance of the blood vessels.

Lastly, on this episode of your Health column, it would suffice to say that what we see is what you eat. Much need not be said about this. Eat well, eat smart and eat right!

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5 Ways to Control Your Blood Pressure

How to Control Blood Pressure

Blood pressure is the force at which blood pumps from the heart into the arteries. A normal pressure reading is less than 120/80 mmHg. Is there any possibility to manage your blood pressure levels without depending the medicines? Yes, an indispensable part of managing high pressure is healthy lifestyle. Apart from being important for the prevention of high pressure, it reduces the dependence on medicines. If you are diagnosed with high blood pressure or concerned about the risk factors, remember that high pressure is manageable. By adopting the below given lifestyle changes, you can confidently keep your blood pressure under check.

Check Body Mass Index (BMI)

Your Body Mass Index is a measure of your health; as long as you are into the range of 18 – 25, you are fine and you are putting less burden on your heart as your blood pressure is under check. However, if your BMI goes beyond 25 or more, it means you are carrying extra weight and putting added burdens or pressure on every part of your body including your heart.

Start Physical Activity

If you are leading a sedentary life, then you are at high risk of high blood pressure. Ensure at least 20 – 30 minutes of exercise, physical activity or walking most days of the week. You can notice the difference in your BP levels within a few weeks of physical activity. If you have pre-hypertension, then regular exercise or physical activity can help you avoid developing high pressure. If you have some health concerns, then talk to your doctor before beginning any exercise regimen as you may need some exercise limits.

Lose Weight

Losing weight is beneficial as you lose weight your blood pressure also reduces. If you carry extra weight around your waistline, it will put you at a greater risk of high pressure. Therefore, in addition to losing weight, you should also watch your waistline and, if you are a man ensuring that your waistline measurement is under 36 cm and if woman, then ensure that it is not greater than 32 cm.

Prefer Healthier Food Options

What you eat really matters for your pressure and heart's health. Eating low-fat dairy products, fruits, vegetables and whole grains and avoiding a diet rich in fat and cholesterol may help reduce your blood pressure. Avoid eating junk food – the food high in salt, sodium and fat – if you prefer eating outside and include potassium rich food like vegetables, fruits and coconut water. potassium is good for your heart as it lessens the effects of sodium on BP. Limit your sodium intake to about 6 g per day. Packaged foods contain sodium; therefore, in each serving keep a track of sodium you take. And also maintain the amount of sodium you consume each day; This will help you to decide the foods to have or avoid. Avoid salt and use herbs and spices to season the food you make at home.

Avoid Alcohol

Although drinking alcohol in moderation is beneficial for health, yet there lies more harm than benefits in alcohol. Drinking too much alcohol in excess of two or more drinks a day for men and more than one drink for women proves potentially harmful. Alcohol raises the blood pressure by several points. Alcohol, in addition to increasing the blood pressure also reduces the effectiveness of pressure medicines. If you are a heavy drinker, be cautious and stop drinking under the supervision of a health care practitioner only – who will advise you to reduce it gradually.

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How to Control High Blood Pressure – 5 Tips

The force with which the blood flows in your arms is called blood pressure. A normal blood pressure is around 120/80 mmHg. If you have a cardiac problem, the force may get stronger and the blood will flow with more pressure in your veins. As a result, the higher pressure puts more stress on your heart and veins. This may cause damage to your heart. In severe cases, patients suffer from a heart attack because of high blood pressure. Therefore, it's important that you control your blood pressure with the following home remedies.

Get moving

It's a good idea to exercise for at least 30 minutes in the morning on a regular basis. This can bring the reading down by up to 9 mmHg. However, you should keep in mind that you should take a slow start and then keep on picking up the pace as well as the frequency of your workouts.

If you do not want to join a gym, you can go for a swim, jog or a hike. Actually, what you need to do is get moving. Aside from this, you can give a go to doing pushups, and lifting weights.

Change your diet

If you follow a good diet, you can reduce your blood pressure by up to 14mmHg. Ideally, your diet should include whole grains, vegetables and fruits. Apart from this, you may want to try fish, nuts, lean meats and dairy products that are low in fat. The food that you should eliminate from your diet should be fat meats, fatty dairy products and products that are high in fat. It's also a good idea to avoid sweetened beverages like fruit punch and soda.

Use less salt

You may want to use salt sparingly to keep your blood pressure normal. When you use too much salt, your body retains liquid. As a result, your BP goes up. According to doctors, you should not take more than 1.4 grams of salt per day. In other words, the maximum amount of salt you can take is half a teaspoon in 24 hours. As an alternative to salt, you can use herbs and spices.

Control your weight

Your weight has a significant impact on your blood pressure. So, if you are overweight, losing even a few pounds like 4 kg can help a lot. Therefore, we suggest that you keep an eye on your waistline. Ideally, if you are a man, your waist should not measure more than 40 inches. On the other hand, the maximum allowance for women is 35 inches.

Lower your stress level

Since this is a fast-paced world, it is difficult to slow down and unwind for a while. Stress is a result of the never-ending daily chores. So, it's important that you get some time off and reduce your stress. As a matter of fact, stress raises your blood pressure putting you at a higher risk of heart attacks.

So, if you have been looking for natural ways to keep your blood pressure normal, we suggest that you follow the methods given in this article.

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Follow These Healthy Rules To Control Your Hypertension Issues Naturally

Hypertension or high blood pressure is one of the major problems faced by a number of people and it majorly gets undetected because of it does not have any major symptoms. Although the condition is not good for our health and can cause heart failure, aneurysm, vision loss, blocked blood vessel, kidney damage, etc. Unhealthy habits and poor lifestyle are the reasons behind the increase in the number of cases of hypertension. Adopt these healthy habits to control the problem naturally.

  • Quit The Sugar: Sugar in your food may increase your risk of high blood pressure or hypertension that further leads to some other major health issues and in an order to stay healthy, it is advisable to quit sugar. Instead of refined sugar, you can add some natural sugar, which is mostly present in fruits and vegetables.
  • Say No To Junk: Another healthy habit that helps you control hypertension is saying no to junk or processed food. This is because junk or processed food contains sugar and a number of other additives that affect your body in an adverse manner. Therefore, you should stop having them right away as this is the key that helps to control hypertension.
  • Stick To A Plant-Based Diet: On the one side you need to stop eating junk and on the other side, it is good to incorporate yourself into a plant-based diet. Make sure your regular diet has enough fruits and vegetables that lower your blood pressure and control hypertension.
  • Say No To Smoking: Smoking is one of the major causes that boost the problem of hypertension among more and more people and in an order to control it, you should quit smoking. Although, it is terrible for our health and can cause a number of deadly diseases.
  • Limit Your Alcohol Intake: Yes, a glass of wine is not that bad for your health, but only if you take it in limited quantity, otherwise, it can affect your blood pressure level and cause loads of health issues. If you drink alcohol, make sure you limit the quantity and it will certainly aid to control hypertension or high blood pressure problem.
  • Get Sound Sleep: Sound sleep is important for a human body as it recharges your body like before and gives your muscles some time to relax. Not getting enough sleep can cause a number of health problems and hypertension is one of them, therefore, you should take at least 8 hours of sound sleep.

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How About Using Natural Medication to Combat High Blood Pressure?

Are you one among the millions of people in the world who have been suffering from high blood pressure? If yes, then maybe it is time for you to drift from your normal course of treatment and adopt an alternative method, normally natural medication.

Owing to this branch drawing its power from ingredients that exist in nature, natural medicines are prepared by combining a variety of herbs. In this way they rely on natural attributes of multiple ingredients for tackling health issues like high blood pressure, diabetes, dental maladies and so on ..

Why Should You Heed High Blood Pressure?

There is a reason as to why high blood pressure is referred to as 'silent killer'. Not only is it difficult to spot but seldom manifests any symptoms, as a result of which it often remains undetected for a long time.

However, if ignored or even left undiagnosed, it is a condition that tends to aggravate and assume a chronic nature, causing the victim a great deal of suffering. In such a situation, seeking medical help is strongly recommended and while there are several options, one that truly considers consideration is that of natural medicine.

Can Natural Medication Help To Counter High Blood Pressure?

Natural medication is derived from sources like Brahmi, a therapeutic herb indigenous to India, lavender – Arabic or French variety, Shankhapushpi or the butterfly blue pea, ashwagandha or the Indian ginseng and several other ingredients.

Brahmi has been an age-old remedy for attaining physical and mental calmness and is effective in relieving stress and anxiety. Butterfly blue pea is a true embodiment of the adage which claims that all miracles come in small packages. This tiny bright blue flower has the ability to cure myriad problems ranging from insomnia and seizures to hair-fall and gastric health.

The best way to consume this herbal medication is to use it in combination with your allopathic medicines wherein the number of times it should be taken varies as per the level of blood pressure.

Recommended Dosage

While extremely high blood pressure levels warranting your medications at least thrice a day, mediocre blood pressure levels call for having twice a day. Likewise, once your blood pressure stabilizes you may stop taking allopathic medicines but continue the natural medication in order to ensure that it stays within upper and lower limits. Owing to its herbal composition, natural medication is most effective when it is chewed rather than simply being swallowed with water as is usually the norm.

What renders this option is really attractive is that it is completely devoid of side effects. So the moment you obsessive symptoms of high blood pressure on self, a friend or a family member, all you need to do is simply acquire these tablets and start having them as part of your daily schedule.

Final Word

Occurrence of high blood pressure is attributed to several factors ranging from genetics and advancing age to obesity, poor eating habits and unhealthy lifestyle. Some of these can be controlled but there are others which are beyond your control. In such a situation you have little choice but to accept the problem as it stands and search for a cure. And what could be a better alternative than a herbal product that is capable of stabilizing your condition within a week?

High blood pressure needs to be taken seriously due to its ability to trigger a stroke or heart attack or even cause kidney damage. Rather than succumb to this silent killer, the onus is on you to choose a course of action that would provide long-term and effective remedy and natural medication that could prove to be the answer.

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What’s Up With Hypertension?

What is Hypertension?

Hypertension, also known as, High Blood Pressure (HBP), is a serious medical condition. It happens when the force of the blood pumping through your arms is too strong. When your heart beats, it pushes blood through your arms to the rest of your body. When the blood pushes harder against the walls of your arteries, your blood pressure goes up. Your blood pressure may be different at different times of the day. It is usually higher when you first wake up, after you exercise, or when you are under stress.

Having higher blood pressure for short amounts of time is normal. However, when your blood pressure holds high for most of the time, it can cause serious health problems. You can monitor your blood pressure by using a monitor at home and by consulting your doctor. Normal resting reading in an adult is approximately 120/80 mm HG.

HBP can be threatening if left uncontrolled or undetected. It can lead to Heart Failure, Stroke, Heart Attack, Kidney disease or failure, Vision loss, Sexual dysfunction, Angina or Peripheral artery disease. These conditions are very serious and must be treated. Knowing the signs and symptoms can help determine when to contact your doctor.

What are the top noted signs and symptoms of hypertension?

  • Headache on the back of your head that is very uncomfortable.
  • Weakness that is abnormal.
  • Nervousness that could be mental and physical restlessness.
  • Dizziness accompanied by tension or anxiety.
  • Ringing in the ears or a buzzing sound that occurs frequently.
  • Loss of sleep called insomnia because of the involvement of the brain.
  • Nose bleeds caused from the small vessels in the nose rupturing due to raised pressure.
  • Shortness of breath, feeling as if your breathing is going to cease.
  • Chest pains especially on the left chest wall or around the shoulder or neck that is provoked by physical exertion as the heart muscles are stripped of blood and oxygen supply.
  • Fainting or a feeling of objects moving around you.
  • Changes in vision as a result of changes in the capillary blood vessels in the eyes.

What causes hypertension?

  • Family history
  • Obesity
  • Excessive alcohol intake
  • Inactive lifestyle / lack of exercise
  • A high salt and / or high fat diet
  • High intake of caffeine
  • Smoking and stress.

How do you treat hypertension ?

  • Lose excess weight and watch your waistline- Losing weight is one of the most effective ways, other than medication, for controlling hypertension. Also, carrying too much weight around your waistline can increase your risk for hypertension. Check with your doctor to see what your healthy waist should be.
  • Exercising regularly- Regular exercise for at least 30 minutes each day can help lower your blood pressure or help Prevent you from getting hypertension if you are pre-hypertensive. Walking, jogging, swimming, cycling and strength training are some of the best exercises in lower blood pressure. Talk to your doctor to start up an exercise plan.
  • Eat Healthy- Eating foods rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products can help lower your blood pressure. Cut back on caffeine.
  • Reduce salt eat- the smallest amount of reduction of your salt intake can lower your blood pressure by 2-8 mm Hg. Some people are more sensitive to salt and should lower their take even more. This includes African Americans, ages over 51, and anyone diagnosed with high blood pressure, diabetes or chronic kidney disease.
  • Limit alcohol take and quit smoking. Quitting smoking helps your blood pressure return to normal.
  • Reduce Stress-Chronic stress can be a contributor to HBP. Occasional stress can also be a risk if you often turn to unhealthy food choices, alcohol and even smoking.
  • Regular appointments with your doctor can help monitor and treat HBP. You may be prescribed medication if the other options do not lower your blood pressure to a healthy level.

Hypertension is a serious condition and should not be left untreated. Taking your blood pressure on a regular basis and listening to your body can save your life. Pay attention to the signs and symptoms of Hypertension and contact your doctor if any are present.

This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read herein.

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Sprouts Curry – A Delicious Low Salt Recipe for Hypertension Patients!

High Blood Pressure Low Salt Recipes

SPROUTS KADHI

Preparation time 15 minutes

Cooking time 15 minutes

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

1 cup mixed sprouts (moong, chana, makai), cooked

1/2 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)

1/4 tsp mustard seeds (rai / sarson)

2 bayleaves (tejpatta)

2 whole red chillies broken into pieces

1/8 tsp asafetida (hing)

1 tsp ginger-green chilli paste

T tsp red chilli powder

T tsp turmeric powder (haldi)

2 cups low fat curds (dahi)

4 tsp besan (Bengal gram flour)

2 tsp oil

T tsp salt

Let's check out the recipe for Sprouts Curry, a low salt dish for hypertension patients.

For this we need precooked mixed sprouts.

FOR THE KADHI (CURRY), we need curd which is nicely stirred.

FOR THE TEMPERING, we need bay leaves, dry red chillies and mustard seeds.

We need salt to taste, a teaspoon of coarsely grounded ginger and chilli.

We also need two pinches of asafetida and a little gram flour.

People often make 'Kadhi'.

There is 'Sindhi Kadhi' and 'Maharashtrian Kadhi'. In UP there are some different Kadhis.

But this particular Kadhi is meant especially for high blood pressure patients and uses sprouts very smartly. There are all sprouts in it.

First we will mix the gram flour and curd. Mix it nicely such that there are no lumps.

Add in a bit of water.

While adding water, keep in mind that you do not need to add a lot of water. Just add a little water and bring the mixture to a lumpy formation.

Then you can add some more water so as to prevent lumpy formation.

We are done.

TEMPERING:

Now we will heat some oil in a pan.

Add in some mustard seeds for the tempering.

We will add coarsely grounded green chillies and ginger paste once the mustard seeds start crackling.

Now add in bay leaves, red chillies and a bit of asafetida.

Asafetida has its distinct flavor but you have to be a little careful while adding it.

Asafetida will burn if you suddenly put it in the oil.

So we put all other ingredients and then add asafetida. That way, it will not get burnt and you will find its taste as well.

Now we will add the mixture of curd and gram flour into the pan.

Add in some water to monitor the thickness of the mixture.

Upon cooking for some time, you can add in the sprouts.

Lots of sprouts! Wow!

Now let's add in salt.

Add salt at the very end because we are using curd, green gram and after that we had added dry spices.

Then we added in the sprouts.

If we add salt to the curd, then it would've been insufficient for the sprouts.

That's why we add all the ingredients and then add salt to taste.

You must keep in mind that this is a low salt recipe and a recipe which is being made for the people with high blood pressure. So you must use salt in a limited quantity.

Our 'Sprouted Kadhi' is ready.

Now we will serve it. It looks amazing.

When you serve, choose to keep the bay leaf and red chilli towards the top.

Sprouted Kadhi is now ready.

You will enjoy it even more if you serve it with roasted poppadom.

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A Low Salt Recipe For Hypertension – Poha Handwa

POHA HANDWA

Preparation Time 30 minutes

Cooking Time 20 minutes

Makes 4 Handwas

INGREDIENTS

1 cup jada poha (thick beaten rice flakes)

1/2 cup low fat curds with 1 1/2 cups water

1/2 cup graated white pumpkin (doodhi / lauki)

1/2 cup grated carrots

1/4 cup boiled green peas

1 tbsp green chilli-ginger paste

1 tsp sugar

2 pinch turmeric powder (haldi)

2 pinch red chilli powder

FOR THE TEMPERING

1 tsp mustard seeds (rai / sarson)

2 tsp sesame seeds (til)

2 pinch asafoetida (hing)

1 tsp oil

OTHER INGREDIENTS

2 tsp oil for cooking

1/4 tsp salt

You might know what Handwa is. You might've had a Handwa sometime.

But handwa made of beaten rice! It's different. Let's check out the ingredients.

Thick beat rice flakes, these have been dipped in buttermilk for 15-20 minutes in curd and sieved.

Grated carrots, green peas, grated white pumpkin, sugar and salt to taste.

And for the tempering, we need asafetida, sesame seeds and mustard seeds.

Apart from that, we would require ginger garlic paste and green chilli paste.

It's a very simple recipe.

Take the beaten rice which has been soaked in buttermilk. Now add in a little sugar and grown white pumpkin. Mix it properly.

Next, add in green peas and carrots.

Add in salt to taste. You must make sure that you add in all the ingredients and then add salt.

In the meantime, we will prepare the tempering.

For tempering, you need a little oil.

The tempering is ready.

Put in mustard and sesame seeds, and a pinch of asafetida.

Let it stand for a moment, and then add the tempering on the mixture we created earlier.

Add red chilli powder to taste and little turmeric to the mixture.

Turmeric will change color and give its unique taste as well. Mix well.

Once the mixture is ready, we can prepare the 'Handwa' (pan cake).

For this, let's put some oil in a pan or on a griddle.

Now we will make 'Handwa' that is around 10 mm thick and 7 to 8 inches in diameter.

This is made just like we make the 'Uttapam' and 'Thalipeeth'.

Now we will cover it.

We have to cook it on both sides for 15-20 minutes.

The Handwa will turn golden and fluffy.

Now we have to serve it. We can serve the 'Poha Handwa' with curd.

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Avocado Benefits for High Blood Pressure

Avocados are notably high in calories but are also highly regarded for their high content of monounsaturated fats and potassium so making it one of the most beneficial foods for combating high blood pressure.

Blood pressure is the measure of the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries. The heart pumps blood into the arteries, which is the transportation highway responsible for distributing blood through the body. Blood pressure enterprises of two numbers: Systolic, the first and higher of the two reflectures pressure in the arteries when the heart beats and they are filled with blood, diastolic, the second number, measures the pressure in the arms when the heart is at rests between beats. A normal blood pressure reading varies from 90/60 at birth to 120/80 in a healthy adult. For seniors age 6o and older a reading of 150/90 is an indication of high blood pressure (hypertension). It's important to note that reading slowly higher than 120/80 in young adults indicates a risk of developing pre-hypertension.

Having untreated high blood pressure makes the heart work harder and contributes to hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis). This in turn can lead to stroke, kidney disease, and to the development of heart disease. “Having high blood pressure puts you at risk of heart disease and stroke, which are leading causes of death in the United States.” About 75 million American adults (32%) have high blood pressure-that's 1 in every 3 adults. 3 American adults has prehypertension “1 A diet low in salt and high in vegetables, fruits and low-fat dairy products can help lower blood pressure. Highly valued for its blood pressure combating properties within the fruit family is the Avocado (aka. Alligator pear) a fruit of the avocado tree native to the Western hemisphere.

Avocados are reputed to be high in fats, but since they are a plant food, the fat they contain is there before considered an oil and not a solid fat. However it's important to note that the majority of fat (77%) in the fruit is oleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid. There is a comprehensive scientific evidence which points to the fact that diets rich in monounsaturated fats are great for improving your cholesterol and reducing inflammation thusby reducing the risks of heart problems and strokes. In fact “The American Heart Association recommends the consumption of MUFAs (monounsaturated fats) to improve your blood lipid profile.” “( Lipid profile or lipid panel is a panel of blood tests that serves as an initial broad medical screening tool for abnormalities in lipids , such as cholesterol and triglycerides.)” 2

Along with monounsaturated fats avocados are extremely rich in potassium (more so than bananas – Half a medium avocado contains 549 mg potassium, one medium banana provides 451 mg.). A diet rich in potassium helps regulate your heart beat, eases tension in your blood vessel walls, keeps muscles and nerves functioning efficiently, and lowers blood pressure by balancing out the effects of sodium on your system. The more potassium you eat, the more sodium is lost through urination. A high potassium diet can reduce systolic blood pressure 4.4 mm Hg and diastolic pressure 2.5 mm Hg.

To those who are averse to eating the avocado fruit the oil derived from it is a reliable alternative. A study done on lab animals and published by “Journal of Ethnopharmacology.” concluded that “a diet rich in avocado oils, altered levels of essential fatty acids in kidneys, resulting in changes in the way the kidneys respond to hormones that regulate blood pressure.” A tablespoon of avocado oil contains approximately 124 calories and 14 grams of fat (21 percent of the recommended daily fat intake), 9.9 of the 14 grams are monounsaturated healthy fat which lowers LDL (( Low Density Lipoprotein) ) cholesterol, while increasing HDL ( High Density Lipoprotein) and 1.9 grams are polyunsaturated fat which lowers LDL and HDL. Avocados contain no cholesterol or trans-fat and are richer in vitamin E than any other fruit. The fats of the avocado are also resistant to heat-induced oxidation thus offering an excellent substitute for vegetable, canola oils and similar processed or trans-fat products.

While extolling the health benefits of the avocado it is important to keep in mind that the fruit is high in calories (a cup of avocado slices contain approximately 234 calories) so the quantity being consumed must be taken into consideration. Also due to its high potassium content, persons with kidney related problems need to be extra careful in its use. Consult your healthcare professional to know if a diet supplemented with avocado is good for you.

1, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics)

2, Wikipedia.org (wiki / Lipid_profile)

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Understanding The Silent Killer

Overview

Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) is a common chronic condition which is often associated and causes other health issues such as cardiac disease. It's sunset can be insidious and afflicted patients may not be aware of their status until later on in life. However, an asymptomatic individual still has the same risks for developing further health problems, including of heart attacks and stroke.

Symptoms

Hypertension is usually asymptomatic, even at extreme levels.

Patients reporting symptoms typically report headaches, shortness of breath, nose bleeds, and tinnitus (ringing in the ears). However, these symptoms are usually non-specific and patients with poorly controlled hypertension may not manifest any symptoms at all.

Blood pressure is often taken routinely during medical consults. If concerned, ask your doctor to check your blood pressure on your next visit.

If you are aged 40 years or older, or if you have a family history of hypertension, it is advisable to have your blood pressure checked as a routine.

Alternately, there are automated blood pressure machines available for purchase over the counter for home monitoring.

Types of Hypertension

Primary (Essential) Hypertension

This reflects to the group of adults with no identifiable cause for hypertension. It is usually insidious and develops gradually over many years.

Secondary Hypertension

This indicates to the group where there are identifiable causes for hypertension. These causes can include:

  • Hormonal imbalances eg thyroid issues
  • Renal issues
  • Occult tumors of the adrenal gland
  • Congenital birth defects
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Medication induced hypertension

Risk Factors

  • Age. Risk of hypertension increases around about age 45. It is more common in men than women though the risk profile for women approximates their male counterparts after menopause.
  • Race. It has been found that the patients of black origin have a higher tendency to develop hypertension.
  • Positive Family History of Hypertension. There is a genetic link for hypertension.
  • High Body mass Index (BMI) (Overweight / Obese Categories) Patients with a high BMI tend to develop hypertension compared to their thin counterparts.
  • Generalized Lethargy. Patients who tend to lead inactive lifestyles typically have higher heart rates and have higher BMIs, which in turn increase their risk for hypertension.
  • Smoking. Smoking causes a rise in blood pressure and in the long term, causing hardening and narrowing of blood vessels. This effect is also observed in passive second hand smokers.
  • Sodium (Table Salt) and Potassium Intake. Table salt, sodium chloride, when consumed in excessive amounts, causes retention of fluid within the body, in turn increasing blood pressure. Potassium, on the other hand, acts in opposition to sodium. An excess of sodium or lack of potassium will both result in blood pressure fluctuations. .
  • Alcohol Intake. Alcohol causes global effects in the body. Excessive consumption of alcohol will cause Blood Pressure fluctuations.
  • Associated Chronic Conditions. Chronic renal failure, diabetes, sleep apnoea etc, and even chronic stress all contribute to hypertension.
  • Special Conditions. Pre-eclampsia, or Hypertension during Pregnancy, congenital defects, are examples of special conditions causing hypertension.

Complications

Cardiac Effects:

  • Heart attacks – This is by far the most widely known complication of hypertension.
  • Cerebrovascular Accidents – Commonly known as strokes.
  • Aneurysms – Prolonged hypertension can cause weakening of arterial walls, causing arteries to bulge, forming aneurysms.
  • Cardiac failure – Defined as the inability of the heart to pump blood around the body consumrate to the required needs, cardiac failure is a consequence of prolonged, untreated hypertension. Prolonged hypertension causes thickening of cardiac muscle, resulting in uneven contractions that eventually result in cardiac failure.
  • Renal Failure – It is important to note that while renal failure can cause hypertension, hypertension in turn causes weakening of vessels within the kidneys, resulting renal failure.
  • Ophthalmological complications – Damage to the tiny blood vessels within the eyeball can result in visual disturbances or even vision loss in sever cases.
  • Non-specific effects – It has been documented that patients with prolonged and untreated hypertension suffer more frequently from poor mental function, memory loss, and non-specific groups of symptoms like the Metabolic Syndrome.

Treatment

It is important to speak with your treating physician if you are concerned that you might have hypertension.

When seeing your physician, no special preparations are necessary though it is important that you maintain calm during the examination as anxiety can and will cause blood pressure readings to increase.

Be aware as well that the first consultation can potentially be long as there will be much to discuss prior tocoming medications to treat hypertension if present.

You should inform your physician of the following:

  • Any Symptoms you have experienced – eg shortness of breath, chest pain, tinnitus etc.
  • Your family history, especially if there is a family history of hypertension.
  • Your current medication term.
  • Your current medical history, especially if you also have associated chronic illnesses like diabetes, thyroid abnormalities, and elevated cholesterol levels.
  • Your current lifestyle in all honesty – This includes diet, exercise, alcohol consumption, smoking.
  • Your last Blood Pressure reading if available.

Your physician will measure your blood pressure and inform you of your Blood pressure reading.

  • Blood Pressure is described with two readings:
  • Systolic BP (Higher reading)
  • Diastolic BP (Lower reading)

There are many categories of hypertension in relation to the systolic and diastolic blood pressure because the definition of Blood Pressure varies with age and race. Your physician will decide after taking your blood pressure, particularly after several readings on different occasions.

In certain situations, your physician may recommend 24hr monitoring of blood pressure to provide a more accurate picture of your blood pressure fluctuations throughout the day. This means you will need to perform own home BP monitoring.

Additional tests your physician might order include:

  • Urine tests to check for protein in the urine
  • Blood tests to ascertained cholesterol levels
  • Electrocardiograms (ECGs)

Upon confirmation of the diagnoses, your physician will likely recommend lifestyle changes as the first line of treatment, followed by pharmaceutical treatment after.

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