Posted on May 23, 2016
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 since learned that even children can suffer this malady.
This begged the question. Now what do I do? I was given a list, but I don’t 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
Posted on May 23, 2016
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 isn’t 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 be 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
Posted on May 17, 2016
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 rage but they can’t be fixed if those who feel it the strongest are dead.
Fixing the Problem: I mean this in two ways. The first is
Posted on May 2, 2016
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 couldn’t 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 burden 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
Posted on April 23, 2016
If you’re suffering hypertension, you have probably been instructed to change your diet. In fact, research has consistently demonstrated that high blood pressure can be affected and successfully managed through the integration of a proper diet only. The DASH diet was specifically designed to lower the blood pressure in a natural way – it’s an eating plan that incorporates a wide variety of whole foods, lots of vegetables and fruits, and lean meats and poultry. Another key aspect of the eating plan is that it’s generally very low in sodium – an element that’s been consistently associated with heightened risk of hypertension.
The DASH Diet, or Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, was developed a few years ago and voted one of the best diets to lower blood pressure by a vast number of health experts. In fact, just a few years ago, the dietary plan was even selected as the best overall diet by a scientific panel chosen by the US News and World Report. The DASH study involved almost 460 adults, assigned to two eating plans. The adults in the DASH group received
Posted on April 2, 2016
As you get older a combination of hormonal changes like the reduction in growth hormone level and the build up in stress that comes from work and family life will lead to weight gain due to an accumulation of body fat. This is usually a gradual process that starts in your thirties and becomes more obvious in your early forties. Unless you recognize these changes early, change your mindset and take sustainable healthy action, you will continue to gain weight and struggle to reduce your blood pressure, Here are 3 tips on how changing your mindset can help you reduce your reduce your blood pressure in a sustainable way after 40.
The first change in mindset you need is to focus on long-term lifestyle changes instead looking for short-term quick fixes. Remember that slow and steady wins the race. You need to stop chasing after the latest diet, the latest “pill” that will magically burn off fat, reduce your weight and help you reduce your blood pressure. Research has shown that 60-90% of people who start a new exercise regimen give it up within
Posted on April 2, 2016
When it comes to lowering your blood pressure, medication can be of great assistance. However, what you eat and drink is more important than medication itself. Studies have shown that food and drink is just as powerful as medication. This article will have a look at 5 foods that lower blood pressure.
Banana’s contain approximately 450 milligrams of potassium. If potassium is consumed more, more water and sodium will go through your urine. Potassium removes the dangerous effects that sodium causes. In order to lower your pressure, the amount of sodium consumed each day should be less than 1500 milligrams. The amount of potassium should be increased to around 4700 milligrams.
Another food is yoghurt. An adult should have about 1000, to 1500 milligrams of calcium daily. Yoghurt that has a plain flavour and has no fat in it, will help your pressure to remain low. It is recommended that a couple of cups or more should be consumed each day. You could also consume this yoghurt with vegetables, dips or on the top of oatmeal.
Dark Chocolate contains Polyphenols is also one of five
Posted on March 27, 2016
There are about a million-and-one health concerns we have, especially as we get older. The doctor is probably talking to you about blood pressure, weight, nutrition, respiratory health, muscular/skeletal health and more all at the same time. This can all be a little overwhelming, yet luckily, being all around healthy may be easier than you think.
One of the biggest issues people begin to run into, especially as they get older, is blood pressure. Too high or two low, whatever it is, having blood pressure that’s out of whack can throw your whole system off. Luckily there are a ton of different methods out there that can help you get your blood pressure back on track, a lot of which will improve your overall health in many different areas!
#1 Blood Pressure Check-Ups
You’re probably already receiving regular check ups at your doctor, but it’s good for you to be able to check in-between visits yourself. There are several different types of equipment you can use to do this, so you should choose the one that works best for you.
1. The Aneroid Monitor
This is the cheaper
Posted on March 17, 2016
Have you ever felt this sudden adrenaline rush inside that’s not really in a good way? A feeling that gets you uncomfortable and it seems like your heart is racing or beating way too fast? Well, do you know what that feeling is? Well, don’t worry we’ll tell you everything to know about it. That feeling is known as Hypertension or most commonly known as High Blood pressure and if you think this is a positive adrenaline rush then you’re sadly very wrong as it isn’t good for your heart and may even point to many heart problems that either you already have or you’re going to have in the future. So, whenever you realize that you’re facing hypertension, you should know you have to lower it for living a healthy lifestyle. Before you know how to lower high blood pressure we must understand the main causes of this problem. So, in this article we’re going to tell you about the common causes of high blood pressure.
It might seem like it has no connection to you but if you consult a general
Posted on March 17, 2016
Hypertension, perhaps better known as ‘high blood pressure’ is one of the most common and dangerous health conditions in the entire world. The Main reason why hypertension is considered so dangerous and life threatening, is the fact that it can lead to a number of other very serious, potentially fatal health conditions. There are a number of causes of hypertension, though the main deciding factors include:
- Poor diet
- Lack of exercise
- Drug use
- Side effects of pills and medications
- Lack of nutrients
To help get a better understanding about just how serious hypertension can be, here’s a look at 10 of the most common complications associated with high blood pressure.
Atherosclerosis – Perhaps better known as artery disease, atherosclerosis is a very common side effect of hypertension, resulting in damage to the walls and lining of the arteries which in turn causes them to harden. The increase in blood pressure can wear away at the lining of the arteries, making them weaker and more vulnerable. This can eventually lead to the arteries becoming hardened, resulting in blocked blood flow to the other vital organs in the body.
Stroke – Stokes are
Posted on March 10, 2016
High blood pressure or more commonly known as hypertension is an incredibly common condition that is known to affect as many as one in three Americans each year. Hypertension can easily be diagnosed simply by checking if your BP is above 120 systolic or 80 diastolic. Hypertension is often easily managed, as long as you make an effort to follow the advice from your family’s doctor’s. Although not as common as hypertension, some individuals with high blood pressure may suddenly experience a sudden increase in BP that is recorded above 180 systolic or 120 diastolic. This sudden increase in BP is known as malignant hypertension. This particular condition may also be referred to as arteriolar nephrosclerosis. If an individual suffers from the condition, it’s advised that they seek immediate medical attention. If emergency treatment is not received, the individual runs the risk of developing much more serious health problems, as a result, such as kidney failure, heart attack or even brain damage.
What is known to cause malignant hypertension?
Throughout many individuals, high blood pressure is known to be one of the primary causes.
Posted on February 26, 2016
One in every three adults are reported to have a problem of high blood pressure and two of three people with diabetes are estimated to have it too.
High Blood Pressure is often termed as a “silent killer”- as you would not know about it until your health care provider figures it out when you give a visit to him.
Hypertension can also lead to risk factors like heart attack and heart failure, as with this serious condition, the heart cannot pump enough blood required by the body. In addition to this, this has serious implications on:
The Brain: High BP (Hypertension) is considered as the most critical risk factor for stroke.
Vision: It may even cause blurred or impaired vision or even worse, as could result in blindness also.
Arteries: Plague buildup in arteries could also be one of the reasons for hypertension as this will make your heart and kidney work harder.
Kidneys: It can also lead to narrow blood vessels in kidneys due to which kidneys don’t function properly and toxins builds up in the blood.
Are there any warning signs of High blood pressure?
Well, in most
Posted on February 19, 2016
In working with clients and providing advice and counsel encouraging them to focus on a well-being lifestyle, I often hear questions that start with. “I heard in the news… ” This month one of the topics making news was high blood pressure or hypertension. High blood pressure is a leading risk factor for heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, and other health problems. About 30 percent of people in the United States have high blood pressure.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently shared a study that focused on intense management of blood pressure below the traditionally targeted systolic pressure of 140. Systolic measures pressure in the arteries when the heart muscle contracts. An example is 120/90. In the past, health care providers have advised monitoring pressure more closely if the systolic pressure is 140 or above. The study began six years ago with 2,900 participants age 50 and older. As the study progressed, the data showed that by targeting a lower systolic pressure of 120, the lowered goal resulted in fewer cardiac events such as heart attack, stroke, and heart failure.
To help move the
Posted on February 18, 2016
When it comes to our health, fitness, and well-being in general, many of us tend to overlook the sheer importance associated with our blood pressure levels. Hypertension, or high blood pressure as you probably know it by, is sadly an all too common condition that poses a number of very serious risks to a person’s health. Just a few of the main health conditions and complications associated with hypertension include, but are not limited to:
· Heart attacks
· Heart disease
· Renal failure
· Poor circulation
· Organ failure and damage
· Damage to the blood vessels and arteries
· And more…
The good news however, is that hypertension can be avoided and reversed, although you need to catch it and its warning signs as early and as quickly as you possibly can. A common precursor to hypertension is a condition known as prehypertension, and it is this condition which we’ll be taking a more direct look at right now. Contained within this article, we’ll be looking at what prehypertension is, the risks and dangers associated with the condition, signs and symptoms, and some of the most
Posted on February 17, 2016
My dad (87 yrs. old) was air-lifted to a hospital 3 weeks ago due to his High Blood Pressure. Dad has always had high blood pressure and he was actually very good about taking his BP medicine. (or so I thought) 3 years ago dad decided that he no longer needed his medications and the ‘silent killer’ almost killed him.
I could give you the statistics concerning the # of deaths per year from
high blood pressure. I could give you a list of causes and also a list of symptoms and things to watch out for. High Blood pressure leads to heart attacks, strokes, kidney disease etc. If you’re reading this, chances are pretty good you are already familiar with all the statistics out there. I’m choosing to take the sentimental, humanistic, side of this killer.
My dad ended up having a Thoracic aortic aneurysm. When he went to the local hospital his BP was 225/?? and the aneurysm was around 9 centimeters. 6 centimeters is commonly what size the aneurysm is when they perform surgery so this was extremely life threatening. An aneurysm,
Posted on February 14, 2016
The human airways allow speech, swallowing and breathing. They are made up of soft muscles and tissues and do not contain any bony structures that allows them to be flexible. When this passage collapses during sleep, it could be due to loss in muscle tone, or a defect in the framework such as fat accumulation around the tongue or soft palate. This causes the person to choke during sleep.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a choking sensation that happens when a lack of oxygen causes the body to repeatedly wake up and gasp to open up the airways. This is a protective mechanism.
How does having OSA cause hypertension?
Many researchers have identified sleep apnea as a factor in high BP. When there are low levels of oxygen in the body, it activates the autonomic nervous and hormonal systems that are responsible for controlling BP. The blood vessels begin to narrow and other bodily changes occur, leading to high BP.
Almost half of OSA sufferers develop hypertension. This link is so strong that it prompted the Joint National Committee on High Blood Pressure to cite sleep
Posted on January 27, 2016
With all of the huge advances in modern technology and modern medicine, you would think that the human race would be fitter and healthier than ever before, with a life expectancy to reflect this. However, unfortunately, that is not the case at all, as life expectancies are actually, for the first time in history, on the decline. This is absurd when you consider how advanced we are, and whilst it should not be happening, sadly, it is happening. Worldwide obesity rates are at record breaking highs, our diets are unhealthier than ever before, and more and more of us are leading increasing sedentary lives. Combine all of the above, and you have a recipe for poor health, leading to all kinds of health complications. Currently, hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is proving to be one of the biggest health risks in the entire world, with the condition contributing to more than 15% of all deaths in the United States alone. The condition is prevalent in countries all over the globe, and as a result, it needs to be stopped sooner,
Posted on January 16, 2016
Hypertension, which is more commonly known as high blood pressure (BP), is one of the primary health problems that a lot of persons are scared to come across. Consuming more fruits and vegetables has been seen to help lower blood pressure. This article would like to apprise us of the easy to find fruits that can help to reduce and prevent hypertension.
Eating an apple a day may not effectively keep the physician away, but it may help to lower high BP. Apples contain potent antioxidants that decrease the body’s blood pressure and shield blood vessels from damage, which plays a role in maintaining healthy BP.
An average-size banana holds more than 400 mg potassium and only 1 mg of sodium. Potassium is one of the essential electrolytes in the body and works with sodium to help control heart function and fluid balance; an important factor in controlling hypertension.
Strawberries are a great ally in treating and preventing hypertension. At least, 8 strawberries contain 240 mg of potassium and 1.44 mg of sodium, a great proportion to sustain a blood pressure.
A papaya comprises 781 mg
Posted on January 8, 2016
Awareness about high blood pressure is very important for the simple reason that the condition is very prevalent. And correspondingly there is a very high likelihood that you or a loved one may be afflicted by hypertension, or may come to be afflicted by the disorder at some time in the future.
Some facts about hypertension, relating to its prevalence could take us by surprise.
1. In US, nearly one in three people are afflicted by hypertension.
2. And only half of these people have the condition under control.
Alternately, hypertension is very often related to certain health disorders. It is very surprising to note that out of every 10 people who have their first heart attack, 7 are afflicted by hypertension. And with stroke as well, it is a similar scenario. Out of every 10 people who suffer from their first stroke, 8 are afflicted by hypertension.
What is Hypertension?
Hypertension and high blood pressure are two terms that are very often used interchangeably. In slightly technical terms, when an individual suffers from hypertension, the force of the blood against the artery walls could be high when
Posted on January 1, 2016
What Is White Coat Hypertension?
Hypertension is defined as “abnormally high blood pressure” and it can have serious repercussions. We doctors traditionally wear white lab coats. Put those two pieces of information together, and you can probably figure out what white coat hypertension is. It is also referred to as white coat syndrome. It simply means that some people get a little nervous in a hospital or health care provider setting.
This can lead to higher than normal blood pressure levels. They become anxious and excited in the presence of a doctor, nurse or caregiver at a hospital or doctor’s office. This excitement gets their heart beating faster. That means their heart rate goes up, which in turn raises their blood pressure. This is similar to the anxiety many people experience when they think about their next trip to the dentist.
Is White Coat Hypertension a Serious Problem?
Anytime your heart beats at an abnormal level and your blood pressure is high, that’s not a good thing. When you think about it, it makes absolute sense. Your mind fills with thoughts of the horrible conditions your doctor