High Blood Pressure

NH_HBPBlood pressure is the force of the blood against the walls of the arteries as it passed through the blood vessel. This pressure may rise due to exercise, stress, or emotions, but its failure to return to normal after the situation has passed is what gives it its name: high blood pressure or hypertension. The walls of the arteries can become distorted as a result of this which places further pressure on the heart. This can lead to stroke, heart disease, diabetes, eye damage, and kidney problems. This disorder can occur at any time with symptoms of headaches, nosebleeds, dizzy spells, or sweating.

NH_StressPrimary hypertension has not underlying disease or obvious cause and is considered to be the offshoot of a cluster of lifestyle factors such as diet, lack of exercise, stress, smoking, etc. Thus it can be controlled with home treatment, as well as consultation with a Doctor will provide strategies for better wellness. Secondary hypertension can come about if another disease causes a problem. Persons with identifiable conditions of the heart, kidney, adrenal or thyroid are appropriately treated for the underlying problem and the blood pressure returns to normal.

NH_LoseHypertension can be managed by choosing to lose some weight if the person is obese; taking timeout to do some deep breathing which slow respiration rate and brings down the heart rate; moderate exercise can prove very effective, as well as abstinence from smoking and avoiding second-hand smoke.


At A Glance

Causes: some of these are inactivity, pregnancy or birth control pills, use of alcohol or caffeine, smoking, obesity, stress, heavy metal poisoning, and a high salt diet.

Treatment: this may include weight loss if obese; deep breathing and moderate exercise; regular massage to improve circulation and promote relaxation; a high fibre diet, and dark chocolate that contains a maximum of 500mg of cocoa polyphenols.

Prevention: the client will do well to avoid saturated, hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated fats; packaged and processed foods; and reduce sodium intake, caffeine, and alcohol.

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