Archive for July, 2007

5 Top Ways To Lower Blood Pressure Naturally

Posted in Blood Pressure Reduction on July 26th, 2007

Although there are a number of prescription and over the counter medications a doctor can prescribe to someone with high blood pressure, they have in the past seemed to be reluctant to offer natural blood pressure reduction options to patients.  This may be partly responsible for the current backlash, with more people seeking to lower blood pressure naturally.

It is estimated that the number of people who will suffer with hypertension by the year 2025 will be 1.56billion.  This huge number and growth seems to be due to the further “westernization” of developing counties, and the adoption of poor diets and sedentary lifestyles.

Even in the industrialized nations the number of cases of high blood pressure are growing, and it is estimated that about a third of the people who have elevated blood pressure are not aware and go undiagnosed.  Of those who are diagnosed, it is estimated that about 50% of them do not take the blood pressure medication as prescribed.

The complications of high blood pressure are grave, increasing the risk of a stroke or heart attack.

So, what can a person with hypertension do to lower high blood pressure?

Firstly, it is worth noting that natural methods to relieve high blood pressure, although effective, should not replace the prescribed medication given by a doctor.  Generally, if medication has been prescribed it is because the blood pressure is too high and needs to be reduced as quickly as possible to lower the risk of complications.

That being said, there are a number of complementary supplements and dietary options that can help lower blood pressure.  Just be sure to speak with the doctor to ensure they are aware of your actions and can warn of any potential interactions that may take place with conventional medication.

Some of the foods that have been studied and been shown to help alleviate high blood pressure include, garlic, fish oil as well as Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). 

In a meta analysis of 7 trials which tested the usefulness of garlic supplements to help reduce blood pressure, the researchers concluded that Garlic powder supplements may be of use for patients with hypertension.  The study found that 3 trials revealed a reduction in systolic blood pressure and 4 reported a reduction in diastolic blood pressure.

CoQ10 showed itself to be a natural blood pressure reliever after a 12-week trial involving 83 people with systolic high blood pressure who were given CoQ10 supplements twice per day.  They showed a significant reduction in blood pressure once the 12 weeks had elapsed.

There have also been some studies that preliminarily show fish oil may have a modest impact on reducing blood pressure.  The active ingredient is thought to be docohexaenoic acid (DHA), which is believed to have the effect of lowering blood pressure levels.

There has also been excellent research carried out that shows a controlled diet which increases the volume of fresh fruit and vegetables and removes foods high in fat or sodium can have as much of an impact on reducing high blood pressure as blood pressure medication.

Exercise is an important factor in high blood pressure reduction and prevention.  Compared to 20 years ago the lives we lead now are much more sedentary and so the need to exercise in order to ensure weight is controlled and we have a healthy cardiovascular system is more important than it previously was.

Even a small amount of exercise daily can make a big difference to blood pressure levels.  However, if a person is overweight, then they should speak to their doctor before throwing him or herself into exercise.

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Is There a High Blood Pressure Headache Connection?

Posted in Blood Pressure Reduction on July 19th, 2007

There is a high blood pressure headache link right?  Well, if you believe that then read on – you may be surprised.

Generally, most people believe that one of the symptoms of high blood pressure is a persistent headache.  However there have been a number of studies that contradict this.

Hypertension is known as the “silent killer”, as in the large majority of suffers there are no symptoms to indicate they have elevated blood pressure.

The number of cases of high blood pressure are increasing, with the world-wide number of those with high blood pressure estimated in one study to reach 1.56 billion people by 2025.  This increase has largely been associated with the “western” lifestyle of poor dietary choices and inactivity.

Many people do not have any idea they have high blood pressure until they get their blood pressure measured, and of those that have been diagnosed it is believed that about 50% stop taking their medication.

The link between high blood pressure and headaches has been documented, and it seems to stem from the fact that many people who have high blood pressure also suffer from headaches.  So, the conclusion seems to be that elevated blood pressure increases the chance of having headaches.

However, there have been a number of studies carried out that seem to contradict this theory. 

One example is a study that was carried out by the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry.  They surveyed over 22000 adults about the frequency of their headaches and to get a baseline of their blood pressure.  11 years later they surveyed the group again to establish links between blood pressure and headaches.

They found that around 28% of the respondents suffered from repeated headaches. They also found that those with higher blood pressure readings actually had a reduced likelihood of suffering from headaches compared to those with lower blood pressure.

The study went on to identify that those with higher blood pressure and suffered with headaches also experienced less severe headache pain.

So, the results show no link that suggests that headaches are caused by high blood pressure.  In fact, they show that the opposite is true in those surveyed.

Although this study and others do not seem to have swayed the medical community, there are some good reasons that headaches may go hand in had with high blood pressure, even if these reasons are not physiological.

It may be that those that suffer with frequent headaches are more likely to go to the doctor’s surgery for a check up, and so have their blood pressure measured, creating a causal link to be erroneously established.  Most people know that there are proportions of the population whose blood pressure will elevate when it is measured in the doctor’s surgery.  The “white coat” effect on blood pressure is well documented.

Also, those that suffer from more headaches may well share some of the factors that are also indicative of a higher risk of having elevated blood pressure, like being overweight, eating foods high in fat and sodium, having a relatively sedentary lifestyle etc.  So the headaches are perhaps not caused by the high blood pressure, but by the lifestyle choices made by the person.

There may also be a link between those that have been diagnosed with high blood pressure and those that have headaches through the fact that they are more likely to be anxious and concerned about their health by being diagnosed as being hypertensive.

So, the high blood pressure headache link is not as clear we all would like.  However, if a person is having persistent headaches then they should definitely pay a visit to their doctors to identify if there are any factors that may be causing it.  And if it is the lifestyle or dietary choices that are being made, then changing these can help the headaches and reduce blood pressure levels too.

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Measuring Blood Pressure Prevention Is Better Than a Cure

Posted in Blood Pressure Reduction on July 12th, 2007

When measuring high blood pressure, generally your doctor will use a sphygmomanometer or an automatic monitoring machine. Do not be surprised if your blood pressure is taken on most visits to the doctors, especially if you have an increased risk of developing high blood pressure.

The prevention or early treatment of high blood pressure has been the focus of attention, as it is a condition that can be treated successfully with little or no damage being caused to the patient.  But the longer the blood pressure is abnormally elevated the greater the risk of complications.

The diagnosis of high blood pressure is easy through the use of special equipment like a sphygmomanometer, but there are usually no symptoms of elevated blood pressure so patient will not normally go to the doctors to have the condition looked at.  This is why high blood pressure has been tagged as the “silent killer”.

It is believed that about 30% of the world’s population currently die from cardiovascular disease, and this number is set to rise.  A recent study suggested that there would be approximately 1.56bn people in the world with high blood pressure by 2025.  The main reason for this incredible growth has been attributed to more developing countries adopting a “westernized” lifestyle.

Inactivity, a diet rich in sodium and high in fat, and a stressful lifestyle have all been considered as contributory factors in the increase in numbers of people with elevated blood pressure.

So, blood pressure should be checked on a regular basis to allow the sufferer to take the relevant actions if it is elevated. It is recommended that a person should have their blood pressure measured regularly, with the interval dependent upon some the following risk factors:

  • Age – those over 35 are at a greater risk of having high blood pressure
  • Family history – whether the family has a history of related diseases or conditions, like cardiovascular disease
  • Own medical history – whether they have had previously elevated blood pressure, or had kidney or heart conditions
  • Lifestyle – They are overweight, smoke, have a diet high in sodium or high in fat, whether they do little exercise.
  • Whether the person is pregnant or taking the contraceptive pill.

There are now a number of excellent blood pressure monitors available to use at home, and these can be used to monitor progress as part of any treatment, or just to check blood pressure on a regular basis.

When a doctor looks at a blood pressure reading he will generally categorize the patient into three categories, they are “normal” prehypertentive, and hypertentive.

Someone with normal blood pressure will have a reading of close to 120/80 mmHg. However, it is thought that the lower the blood pressure the better, unless there are complication with low blood pressure symptoms.

Someone who is considered prehypertentive will have a reading of between 120-139 for the top number and 80- 89 for the bottom number.  Both numbers are important and if either one of them shows an elevated figure then it could be a cause for a concern.

The risk of later suffering from hypertension is increased when someone is prehypertentive, so preventative action is generally prescribed at this stage.

If someone shows a persistent reading over 140/90 mmHg then they would be diagnosed as having high blood pressure, or hypertension. Again, both the numbers are important, and if either of them go over the figures shown then there is likely cause for concern.

As long as high blood pressure is caught early, the impacts on the body can be minimized.

Have a browse through the rest of the blog to discover how natural methods along with Measuring Blood Pressure readings can be used to relieve high blood pressure symptoms.

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