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High Blood Pressure and Its Relation With Sleep

Posted on February 26, 2016 in Health

unduhan (59)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 of the cases, there are rarely any symptoms. People usually relate it to increased levels of stress, nervousness and tension, but the truth is that even a relaxed person can have high blood pressure.

So instead of assuming on your own, the best way to know if you have hypertension is by getting it checked by your health care provider. This should be done regularly as this disease of elevated blood pressure can develop over time. Prompt treatment of it can also reduce your risk of stroke, heart failure, kidney failure and heart attack.

High Blood pressure and Sleep apnea

Missing out on sleep can leave you feeling irritated and slow-witted in the morning, but let us tell you that the consequence does not end here. Over the time, sleep may also take a toll on your heart and BP.

High BP and Sleep apnea are associated with each other and the studies show that it can result in even graver conditions like heart failures, irregular heart rates and heart related diseases. The simple reason for hypertension with Sleep apnea are sudden drops in oxygen levels due to sleep apnea which will increase the blood pressure and stress will be put on heart.

How to control High Blood Pressure?

The risk factors like age, family history and ethnicity are among the ones that are not in our control. So when we talk about the preventive measures for hypertension, our focus would be on the factors that you can actually change.

Try to follow the below mentioned lifestyle changes to eliminate any reasons for high blood pressure and to bring down the numbers in case of elevated blood pressure.

Maintain Healthy weight – People who are overweight should look for methods to lose weight and get a healthy body. Talk with your doctor about the ideal weight you can have and try to achieve it.

Follow a balanced diet – Taking a healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables and limiting your intake of calories, fat and sugar will surely help in eliminating even the minor signs.

Cut back on salt – Living on a low-sodium diet helps in keeping the symptoms of high blood pressure at bay. You should cut back on your total salt intake per day by avoiding high-sodium processed foods and by limiting the use of salt in your daily meals.

Do regular Exercise – A moderate exercise of about 30 minutes, three times in a week will be a good start to control hypertension. Furthermore, keep in mind, the more you exercise the better.

Limit the alcohol consumption – Drinking too much of alcohol leads to hypertension. Thus, one should limit its intake to get a hold of the symptoms of high blood pressure.

Monitor your blood pressure – Above all, it is very important to get your blood pressure checked at regular intervals of period. In case, your doctor determines that you are at an increased risk of developing hypertension, he may recommend you extra steps as a safety.

Check for Sleep Apnea – Your uncontrolled blood pressure, despite of prescribed medications could also be the result of sleep apnea. So, its better you meet a sleep physician and on his advice, undergo polysomnography to get diagnosed for sleep apnea. They may recommend you a treatment to bring down your BP.

 

BP (Be Proactive) Well-Being Figures in Blood Pressure Health

Posted on February 19, 2016 in Health

unduhan (60)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 needle in monitoring blood pressure, adjust your lifestyle, paying close attention to your daily diet, and add exercise and meditation to your regular routine.

Daily Diet-Include more fruits, vegetables and legumes. Include five produce items a day. This does not mean baked potatoes loaded with bacon, cheese and sour cream. Potatoes can count however the naked variety is best– those with minimum or sans toppings. Eat more green leafy vegetables and legumes such as red or black beans, black-eyed peas, and lentils. Cut back on sodium and salt. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends a sodium intake of 1500 mg per day or about 3/4 teaspoon. The culprit is not really the salt shaker, but processed foods—make it a habit to read the food labels for amount of sodium per serving. The convenience food you choose may be loaded with sodium to put you way over the AHA recommended amount.

Exercise-Regular exercise makes arteries in the body more flexible, and easier to dilate, which eases blood flow, reducing the systolic pressure. Benefits of lower blood pressure are visible immediately following exercise. Exercise can be moderate such as walking or simply standing up ten minutes of every hour. Count parking in the corner space or walking up to the second or third floor instead of taking the elevator. Try to add 30 minutes of aerobic activity 5 to 7 days a week. If you can’t fit it into a single session, break it into 10 or 15 minute sessions that will total 30 minutes.

Meditate-Meditation practices that improve focus and reduce anxiety have shown positive effects on blood pressure. Practicing meditation daily may change the brain’s responses to make you more resistant to stress and promote brain health. Meditating is not difficult– sit up straight with both feet on the floor. Close your eyes. Focus your attention on reciting (out loud or silently) a positive phrase or mantra such as “I am feeling calm” or “I love myself.” Place one hand on your stomach to link the mantra with your breaths. Allow any distracting thoughts to float away like bubbles. A few minutes of practice per day can help ease anxiety and stress. Ten minutes of daily meditation is a good start. As with exercise, if smaller increments work better start smaller to make meditation a habit.

These are steps you can take that do not include medication. I am not advocating giving up medication. My goal is to share interventions that can be proactive, helping you avoid being required to take doctor prescribed medicine for high blood pressure.

 

Prehypertension: Risks, Symptoms, and Treatments

Posted on February 18, 2016 in Health

images (35)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

· Strokes

· Heart disease

· Renal failure

· Stress

· 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 effective treatments in the process. So, without any further hesitation, let’s learn a little more about prehypertension.

What is prehypertension? – Prehypertension is when your blood pressure levels are slightly elevated above what they should be, and is often a precursor to hypertension, which basically means that, if left untreated and unaddressed, prehypertension will eventually lead to hypertension. When a person suffers with prehypertension, their systolic (top) number reading will be 120 mmHg-139 mmHg, or their diastolic (bottom) number reading, will be 80 mmHg – 89 mmHg.

Who are the people most at risk? – Prehypertension is actually, a very worryingly, a very common health condition with more than 50% of all adults aged 18 or above, suffering with either hypertension, or prehypertension. In the USA alone for example, a staggering 59 million people are believed to suffer with prehypertension, and those numbers are increasing every single day. So then, you may conclude that prehypertension is an indirect result of aging and growing older, although experts say that this is not the case at all. In some parts of the world for example, some countries will see virtually no increases in hypertension or prehypertension as people grow older. For this reason then, the most obvious cause is considered to be poor lifestyle choices.

What are the main risks of prehypertension? – As you can now see, prehypertension is not to be taken lightly and should be taken very seriously. Some of the main risks associated with prehypertension include:

Increased chance of hypertension – This is the most obvious risk of prehypertension, as the condition itself is a precursor to hypertension. Put simply, if the condition is not addressed, it will eventually lead to hypertension and all of the health complications associated with high blood pressure, which all have the potential to be fatal.

Cardiovascular disease risk factors – Another danger associated with prehypertension is that it could present a number of risk factors commonly found in individuals suffering with cardiovascular disease. These include: High LDL cholesterol levels, blocked arteries, diabetes, obesity, strokes, and heart attacks, all of which have the potential to be fatal.

What are the main causes? – As mentioned, the main causes of prehypertension are believed to be directly linked to poor lifestyle choices, although genetics also are believed to play a role. Some of the main causes of prehypertension include:

Being obese or overweight – The larger a person’s body mass and body fat levels, the more oxygen, blood, and nutrients their bodies will need to be supplied to their cells. This gradually leads to an increase in blood volume, thus increasing the pressure and force being placed on the arteries.

Age – It is actually younger adults who are more likely to suffer from prehypertension, and sadly, that doesn’t mean that older adults are likely to be more healthy, it actually means that older adults are more likely to have moved onto hypertension instead.

Genetics – If you have a history of high blood pressure, or prehypertension in your family, you will be more at risk of developing the condition yourself. That doesn’t mean you will, it simply means you will need to be careful.

Unhealthy lifestyles – If you eat a lot of junk food, don’t get enough nutrients, don’t get enough exercise, smoke, drink excessively, use drugs, or anything else which is considered unhealthy, you are far more likely to develop prehypertension, which could quickly evolve into hypertension. Diets rich in salt and low in potassium are also strong risk factors.

Prehypertension symptoms – To make life even more difficult, there aren’t actually any obvious symptoms associated with prehypertension, which means that the only way to make a diagnosis, is to take a blood pressure reading.

Prehypertension treatment – Think of prehypertension as a warning sign, it is your body letting you know that changes need to be made quickly in order for you to prevent hypertension. The good news is that there are many strategies and preventative measures which can be taken to help deal with prehypertension. These include:

If overweight, lose weight – As mentioned, obese and overweight people are far more likely to develop the condition due to their increased requirement for blood. By losing weight, you can reduce your chances of developing hypertension by as much as 20%.

Get enough exercise – Not only does exercise help you to lose weight, it has also been found to reduce blood pressure as well, making it highly beneficial.

Make healthy dietary choices – Avoid processed, salty, sugary, and chemically enhanced junk foods packed full of trans fats, and instead opt for fresh, healthy, and natural foods instead, making sure to include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Reduce salt consumption – Ideally, when addressing prehypertension, you should aim for no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium on each day. This is around 1 teaspoon of regular salt. You may also wish to consider low-sodium varieties of seasonings and foods.

Prehypertension may eventually lead to hypertension causing a series of dire consequences. Thousand of deaths caused by High Blood Pressure everyday, prevent yourself from hypertension today.

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High Blood Pressure is Often Referred to as The “Silent Killer”

Posted on February 17, 2016 in Health

images (34)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, in laymen terms, is a big bulge or a balloon in your aorta. There are Thoracic, Abdominal, and Brain aneurysms. The Thoracic and Brain aneurysms can burst at any time. Once again, I could get all technical and explain what happens. Suffice it to say, my dad had to have a stint put in to go through the bulge and give him an even, steady blood flow.

When we checked out of the hospital (the whole saga was a nightmare) they gave me all the paperwork and the 4 prescriptions that I needed to get filled. When I went to get them filled I was in shock! $500+. Dad and I both live in RV’s and dad is on a fixed income. He didn’t have a primary physician where we stay for the winter so that was my first step. I told the Dr. that I knew that he needed the prescriptions but not to the tune of $500 a month. The Dr. did her fancy work and Generic products that do the same thing will run around $70.

I do quite a bit of searching on the internet and most of my searches are health related. I’m amazed when I see all the natural remedies that are out there for literally EVERY health issue that one might have.

The side effects from many of the prescribed medicines we take are often worse than what we’re trying to actually treat and the cost of these drugs is exorbitant. I’m astounded when I see all the commercials about this or that drug. You won’t have high blood pressure anymore but… you may develop blood clots, have diarrhea, shortness of breath, depression, and on and on.

Dad didn’t realize that this health issue was so serious. Truthfully, I didn’t realize it either. If my dad had taken his medication, perhaps this fiasco could have been avoided. Folks don’t even know they have an aneurysm unless for some reason, they need a CT scan. PLEASE-get your blood pressure checked on a regular basis and if you find out that you do have high BP, PLEASE DO NOT ignore it. It’s called the ‘silent killer’ for a reason. High Blood Pressure is usually not detected and it does indeed kill.

 

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The Link Between Sleep Apnea and Hypertension

Posted on February 14, 2016 in Health

unduhan (58)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 apnea as a cause in secondary hypertension.

Empirical Evidence Linking OSA with Hypertension

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that middle age adults who were not treated for obstructive sleep apnea had a 2 to 3 fold higher risk of having high blood pressure within an 8 year period.

A Canadian study found that for each episode of sleep apnea that occurred per hour, the chance of developing hypertension also went up by 1%. In addition, for every ten percent drop in nighttime oxygen levels, the percentage of acquiring hypertension went up by 13%. Further, this Sleep Heart Health Study found that in severe OSA cases, both the systolic and diastolic blood pressure readings were higher and consequently nighttime blood pressure. The rise in high BP was in proportion to the severity and presence of OSA. These individuals also had higher daytime levels of blood pressure.

How does treating OSA reduce the risk of developing hypertension?

Using Continuous Positive Airway Pressure for treating OSA has a positive effect on reducing the risk of developing hypertension. In CPAP therapy, gentle streams of air are pumped into the airways, preventing them from collapsing during sleep. Many research studies have demonstrated that people with moderate-to-severe sleep apnea who are treated with nasal CPAP had lower blood pressure reading during the night and day.

In a HIPARCO trial study conducted in several centres, patients with OSA and high blood pressure who were not responding to conventional treatment, received CPAP therapy for 12 weeks. This caused a reduction in a 24-hour mean as well as diastolic blood pressure. It also improved blood pressure patterns at night. A 4-hour use of the CPAP machine is required each night in order for a significant decrease in BP levels.

What are the benefits of using CPAP in hypertension?

Using CPAP leads to a reduction in BP amongst all patients, regardless of whether they are using antihypertensive medications. Patients who refuse CPAP and are offered supplemental oxygen instead, do not experience the same benefits as those using CPAP.

Using CPAP effectively reduces sleep apnea related symptoms and comorbidities such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

If you are experiencing high BP levels and are unable to get sound sleep, you should visit a qualified sleep doctor to rule sleep apnea.

This article has been posted on behalf of Sleep Solutions. Sleep Solutions is providing news, symptoms and treatment tips about sleep apnea and related health conditions.

 

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