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High Blood Pressure, often referred to
Hypertension-The Silent Killer
Let’s clear the air first, I am not a doctor, but I have played one on TV. I had a leading role in a training video
produced by one of the leading medical schools in North Carolina. Does that make me an expert on the subject of high blood pressure (HBP)? No … it doesn’t, but I do have over 40 years experience in dealing with it.
I was in the midst of an insurance physical when my doctor said, ”Don, you have hypertension-high blood pressure. How long has this been going on?”
SAY WHAT? I have high blood pressure? I’m only 30 years old!
Thus began my odyssey of fighting to maintain a healthy BP level. Now, after spending thousands of dollars on ACE Inhibitors, BETA Blockers, diuretics and statin drugs I discovered there were things I could have done way back then—like seeking a way to slam-dunk my BP numbers in a more natural way, without the medications.
During my last visit to my family doctor my numbers were 138 (0ver) 88, even though I was taking a double dose of one medication. Normal BP, says the National Institutes of Health, is around 120/80. According to the NIH, “High Blood Pressure is a serious condition that can lead to coronary heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, and other health problems.”
Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps out blood. If this pressure rises and stays high over time, it can cause all sorts of body damage over time.
BP numbers include systolic (the first number) and diastolic (the second number). The systolic number is the pressure when the heart beats while pumping blood. Diastolic is the pressure when the heart rests between beats.
As I mentioned before, normal BP is 120/80 or less. Pre-hypertension is 120-139/80-89. HBP Stage 1 is 140-159/90-99, and Stage 2 is 160 and up/100 and up. As I mentioned before, even fully medicated my BP read 138-88—so despite the medication I was still hypertensive! So what gives?
It became obvious that the medications I was taking merely treat the symptom, not the cause. The drugs just temporarily mask the underlying problem.
Decades of scientific and medical research indicates that life-style choices contribute significantly to the higher numbers. It became apparently that some personal research was in order.
Certain medical problems, such as chronic kidney disease, thyroid disease and sleep apnea are all causes of HBP. Even some over-the-counter medications, like cold remedies can cause elevated BP. Other factors include ( but are not limited to) old age, race/ethnicity, overweight or obesity, gender (fewer women have HBP troubles), unhealthy life-style habits (eating too much salt, drinking too much alcohol, low potassium levels in the diet, too little exercise and smoking).
HPB is often referred to as the “Silent Killer.” Most folks simply don’t exhibit any obvious signs or symptoms of HBP—I certainly didn’t. That’s why regular BP checks are a must for all adults.
My recent research online lead me to a report (more on this later) that may work for you—they are definitely working for me.
- Cut down on the salt! Avoid prepared foods that are loaded with salt.
- Eat lots of nuts—especially walnuts and almonds—and you guessed it—unsalted.
- Take regular vitamin supplements—but be picky about what you buy. The special report I mentioned will give you the scoop on this. You can see this report by following the link below.
- Eat seafood regularly, especially the kinds of fish that are high in omega 3 fatty acids.
- Eat more chocolate!
- And the toughest tip of all: Make a sincere effort to reduce STRESSFULL situations.
Since you have read this much of this article I can readily assume you are ready to take some serious steps toward beating your BP back down to normal.
I urge you to take one further step, get more information by following the link below. This link will begins a journey well-worth taking:
Here’s Another Source for High Blood Pressure Information
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