September 26, 2013

Frequently Asked Questions on Hypertension (or High Blood Pressure)

Frequently Asked Questions on Hypertension (or High Blood Pressure)
Without going into details, high blood pressure is a condition that is relatively simple to understand; the blood vessels (veins, arteries and such) are too narrow to allow the blood to pass efficiently, forcing the system to increase the pressure to make the necessary quantity of it flow wherever necessary.

However, that does not mean that there are no questions associated with it… as a matter of fact, there are plenty of questions in regards to hypertension that get asked over and over again, and so here’s a look at the main ones.

What are Systolic and Diastolic Pressure?

When measuring your blood pressure you are going to get a reading which looks something like 120/80. The first number refers to your systolic pressure, while the second one refers to your diastolic one.

In plain English though, your systolic pressure is the amount of force exerted by the blood on the walls of your arteries during a heart contraction. Similarly, diastolic pressure measures that same force, but in-between heartbeats rather than during one.

What is Considered to be Normal Blood Pressure?

Though it is true that different people have different bodies and thus may have different healthy blood pressure measurements, but as is the case, an overwhelming majority of people conform to the standards set by the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation and Treatment of High Blood Pressure.

According to the committee, normal blood pressure is around 120/80. Pre-hypertension is somewhere around 120-140/80-90. The first stage of hypertension is characterized by measurements of 140-160/90-99, and the second stage with measurements of 160+/100+.

Why do I have High Blood Pressure?

Unfortunately, in most cases medical specialists have a lot of trouble pin-pointing a specific cause for the hypertension, but it is believed that one’s diet, exercising tendencies and genetics play a huge role in controlling their blood pressure.

What Problems can High Blood Pressure Bring?

Amongst other, minor problems, high blood pressure can eventually lead to buildups of plaque and fatty materials, weaken your heart, damage your blood vessels and even kidney filters. As such, it can cause atherosclerosis, heart disease, kidney disease, eye disease, and even a stroke. Naturally, people are seldom afflicted by all these problems simultaneously, but hypertension can certainly lead to the development of a couple of them.

How do I Detect Hypertension?

Naturally, the best way to know if you have hypertension is to have your doctor regularly check your blood pressure. As a matter of fact, it is heavily recommended you take this route seeing as how hypertension seldom comes with visible symptoms, making it very difficult to spot using other methods. If the pressure is very high though, you could have very powerful headaches, agonizing chest pains, as well as difficulty breathing and exercising.

And so, this covers the main questions people need answers to when dealing with hypertension. Remember, high blood pressure isn't dubbed “the silent killer” for nothing: it doesn’t make itself known, and can strike at virtually anytime. If you fear you have the condition, have a check-up with your doctor, start to eat healthier and exercise regularly… for now, these are your best bets at warding off the disease.

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High Blood Pressure Diet – Fighting Hypertension with Food
The Basic Guide to Understanding High Blood Pressure
Controlling your High Blood Pressure with the Help of Foods
How You can Prevent High Blood Pressure
What are the Symptoms of High Blood Pressure – An In-Depth Overview

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Blood Pressure Down by Janet Bond Brill Ph.D. R.D. – The Easy and Natural Anti-Hypertension Plan

Blood Pressure Down by Janet Bond Brill Ph.D. R.D. is a simple and effective ten-step plan that lasts a total of four weeks, designed to help you lower your blood pressure to stable levels by eating the right foods, without using any prescription drugs or chemicals or anything of the sort.

The High Blood Pressure Solution by Richard D. Moore – Solving Hypertension through Balance

The High Blood Pressure Solution by Richard D. Moore is a book, which apart from containing plenty of information on hypertension, also offers a scientifically-formulated program which focuses on using nutrition (no chemicals or pharmaceuticals) in order to lower and stabilize one’s blood pressure.

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