Archive for December, 2007

How to Lower Blood Pressure

Posted in Blood Pressure Reduction on December 27th, 2007

If you are trying to discover how to lower blood pressure, and are interested in the natural ways that people can successfully regulate blood pressure, then this article should help clarify some of the steps that can make a difference.

However, before we go into the methods that can be employed to lower blood pressure, it is important to clarify an important point.  If a person has been diagnosed with high blood pressure and been prescribed medication, then it is vital to follow though with the prescription, or at least speak to a doctor to before you go ahead and make any changes.

It is estimated that about 50% of people who are prescribed hypertension medication do not follow the prescription as instructed, either coming off the medication or being confused about what to take.

This may be because high blood pressure normally shows either mild or no symptoms, unless it is severe, which also goes to explain why it is believed that about a third of the people with hypertension go undiagnosed as they are not aware that they have the condition.

The highest recorded number of malignant hypertension cases come from those that do not follow medication as prescribed, either due to a rebound effect or through the continued escalation of the condition.  Malignant hypertension is when the blood pressure is very high, and there is a very high risk of damage being caused to the body.

Work in partnership with your doctor if prescribed medications.  They should understand, or be able to establish the risk of any complications that may arise.

Relieving high blood pressure, when done naturally can be for some the best approach, particularly if they have adverse reactions to hypertension medication drugs.  It is also an approach that can be integrated into a persons lifestyle and therefore have an ongoing preventative action to reduce the risk of future hypertension.

The increase in cases of hypertension, particularly over the last twenty years has been linked to the increased consumption of diets that are high in sodium/ salt, high in processed foods, and high in fat.  There is also a link to the increasing number of people carrying out sedentary jobs and increased stress and anxiety that seems to becoming more prevalent.  Also, lifestyle habits like smoking and excessive drinking and taking recreational drugs have had an additional impact on the ever-increasing numbers.

Having a diet that has a high salt/ sodium content will encourage the body to retain water, and so increase the amount of blood the heart has to pump.  This adds strain to the heart, but also increases blood pressure.

Many processed foods are high in sodium/ salt as its used as a flavouring and also a preservative. Labels should always be checked for content.

Instead of adding salt to foods for flavour, try adding garlic and cayenne pepper.  Garlic in particular has been identified as a natural food that can help reduce high blood pressure.

Increase the amount of fiber in the diet by increasing the volume of fruits and vegetables eaten. Fruits and vegetables should replace the higher fat foods and as they are rich in potassium and magnesium (minerals that may help reduce high blood pressure) they are good additions to any diet.

When cooking, steam rather than boil or roast, as this will ensure that the levels of essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals as well as the fiber that your body needs will remain high.

Aim for 5 to 8 servings of fruit and vegetables each day.  The best way of ensuring that you are getting the right amount for each serving is by placing you hand into a fist and each serving should be about the same size as your fist.

There are many other natural ways to reduce blood pressure, including the use of specific herbs, exercise, changes to lifestyle and additional changes to diet that can make a marked improvement to blood pressure levels.

When researching how to lower blood pressure effectively, it is worth making sure the information you get is applicable to your personal situation. However, it is useful to note many of the natural approaches adopted by people with high blood pressure can be introduced alongside any medication a person may have been prescribed and will only amplify the beneficial effects. Talk to your doctor about any changes you plan on making.

Also, if you haven’t already done so, sign up for the free Relieve Blood Pressure Newsletter and discover new and natural methods to manage high blood pressure. In the newsletter you’ll also find more information on how to lower high blood pressure naturally.

 

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What Are the 4 Main High Blood Pressure Symptons?

Posted in Blood Pressure Reduction on December 20th, 2007

We wish our readers a very happy Christmas and holiday season, and a peaceful – and healthy – 2008. 

It is estimated that a third of those with high blood pressure have never been diagnosed and are unaware of that they have the condition. This is because high blood pressure symptons can be mild, or non-existent, which is one of the reasons that it has been called the “silent killer” 

Unfortunately very few symptoms are likely to manifest themselves until the condition is in its more advance stages of development.  Therefore it is important that those who are especially at risk of developing high blood pressure whether from another medical condition, or through a history of people in the family suffering from it, should ensure that they have their blood pressure checked regularly.

Other groups of people who have an increased risk of high blood pressure include people who are either overweight or considered obese, those that are over the age of 40 and those that suffer with diabetes.

However, if there is no history in your family of a person either suffering from high blood pressure or you do not have any other medical condition that may cause this problem there are other symptoms you should be aware of.  These are as follows:-

1. Headaches and migraines
2. Dizziness and confusion
3. Problems with your vision (generally it becomes blurred).
4. Nosebleeds - If you have never suffered with them before or they have become regular then this should start to raise alarm bells in you.

If you suffer from either one or a combination of these symptoms then it is time that you seek the advice of your doctor or health professional.  Generally within a few minutes of being with your doctor they will be able to confirm whether you are suffering from high blood pressure or not.

Diagnosing high blood pressure is very easy, as it only required a blood pressure monitoring machine. Yet the side effects of high blood pressure listed above can easily be dismissed by the sufferer as unimportant and lead the to the problem becoming worse or causing further damage to a person’s health.

However, about 1% of all patients who have high blood pressure will discover that it rises very quickly.  In this case they are usually suffering from what is called “malignant hypertension” and this can a life-threatening problem and should be treated with the utmost urgency. Thankfully it is quite rare.

Those people who suffer regularly with high blood pressure which can not be controlled or have a history of heart problems, especially heart failure are at a higher risk of suffering malignant hypertension. Anyone who suffers with this and finds that they become drowsy or confused, that they have headaches, they feel sick or nauseous and they are losing their vision then they should make arrangements to see their doctor immediately.

It is important that in this day and age, when high blood pressure is almost at epidemic proportions, people are made more aware of high blood pressure symptons so they may get the right diagnosis as soon as possible and not leave it until it is too late. 

Plus, if you haven’t already done so, sign up for the free Relieve Blood Pressure Newsletter and discover new and natural methods to manage high blood pressure. In the newsletter you’ll also find other ways to lower blood pressure along with more information on how to recognize and treat high blood pressure symptoms.

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Are High Blood Pressure and Anxiety Disorders Linked?

Posted in Blood Pressure Reduction on December 6th, 2007

There seems to be a common belief that high blood pressure is related to emotional factors such as stress and anxiety that a person feels.  However, this is often not the cause of elevated blood pressure in most people.  Whilst there does seem to be a link between high blood pressure and anxiety there are many other factors that can impact on a persons blood pressure levels.

There are considered to be two categories of hypertension (high blood pressure), they are essential or primary, and secondary high blood pressure.  Secondary, as the name suggests is hypertension that is caused by a recognizable medical condition like kidney disease.

Essential (or primary) hypertension is usually only diagnosed once investigation has determined there is no medical condition present that could trigger the elevated blood pressure levels.

There are considered to be a number of risk factors associated with hypertension, and they include some factors that cannot be changed including:

How old a person is
A person’s race, African Americans have greater risk of elevated blood pressure than Caucasians.
If there is a family history of hypertension

There are also other risks that have been identified, including:

Being overweight or obese
Being Diabetic
Eating a diet high in salt or a saturated fat
Inactivity and / or poor fitness levels
Alcohol abuse and alcoholism
High levels of stress and anxiety

Stress and anxiety can trigger our fight or flight response.  This is the response that allowed our ancestors to run from danger or heighten their reactions to fight wild animals.

Not much has changed, and when faced with stressful situation or one that makes us anxious we secrete epinephrine (adrenaline) and cortisol.  And it is these hormones that increase blood pressure by increasing the speed the heart beats and constricting the blood vessels

So, it is believed that anxiety can raise the blood pressure levels in short spikes, but that they will then return to normal.  However, there can be problems with people who have anxiety disorders or depression, as if these spikes happen to often (due to an over reactive nervous system potentially) then damage can occur in the same way as hypertension that is caused by other risk factors.

So, the risk of damaged blood vessels, kidney and heart problems increase over time if the person continues to be faced with conditions, which elevate their blood pressure.

Also, people who suffer with depression or a General Anxiety Disorder (GAD) may turn to certain crutches to help them cope with a stressful situation. Including eating excessively, or choosing the wrong foods, smoking, or drinking too much alcohol, which can of course increase the risk of higher blood pressure and heart problems.

Many people have witnessed the effect of anxiety or stress, when ‘White Coat’ Hypertension effects them.  Elevated blood pressure can occur when a patient is visiting their doctor and their blood pressure when read is consistently higher than when they have taken a reading in a non-stressful environment.   In fact in studies carried out it has been suggested that as many as 10-20% of all patients will experience ‘White Coat’ Hypertension. 

So, it seems clear that a connection can be made between a person suffering from high blood pressure and anxiety.  However, anxiety is usually not the main factor causing the elevated high blood pressure, it just contributes to it.

Take a look at this post - Handling High Blood Pressure and Anxiety -  for suggestions on ways to overcome anxiety.

Plus, if you haven’t already done so, sign up for the free Relieve Blood Pressure Newsletter and discover new and natural methods to manage high blood pressure. In the newsletter you’ll also find other ways to lower blood pressure along with more information on how to manage potential hypertension complications like the link between high blood pressure and anxiety.

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