Read This – Basic Awareness About Hypertension

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 seen in the long term. Or it could be high enough to cause any sort of health related issues.

Two factors which define the blood pressure of an individual are the amount of blood which is pumped by the heart, and the resistance to blood flow which is provided in the arteries. So if someone’s heart pumps more blood and the arteries are narrower, the blood pressure is said to be high.

A very surprising fact about hypertension is that one could suffer from high blood pressure for years and not be aware of it. But the damage to blood vessels and the heart is continuous. And it could be detected as well.

So it is highly recommendable to go for regular health checkups and screenings for high blood pressure.

When is it that I need to be concerned about hypertension?

Preferably, one must make hypertension checks a part of routine appointments with the doctor. As a norm, one must try and make sure that one goes for high blood pressure readings once every two years, starting right from the time one is 18. Similarly if one is above the age of 40, or if one is in the age group of 18-39 with a risk of high blood pressure, one must go for these readings every year.

That way, as soon as one comes to realize that one has been suffering from hypertension, one could work along with one’s doctor towards controlling the same.

What makes one vulnerable towards hypertension?

Some people are more at a risk of suffering from hypertension, and it is interesting to know more about the factors that make one more vulnerable to hypertension.

1. Age

– As one ages, the risk of high blood pressure increases as well. So for men, if they are above 45 years of age, they are at a higher risk of suffering from hypertension. Similarly, if women are over 65 years of age, they are equally at the risk of suffering from hypertension.

2. Family History

– Similarly, if one has a family history of hypertension, one is more likely to suffer from the same.

3. Obesity

– And being overweight also makes one more vulnerable towards suffering from hypertension because if one is overweight, more blood needs to be pumped for supply to blood vessels.

4. Not Being Physically Active

– If one is not physically active, the risk of contracting hypertension increases because the heart is required to pump harder, and this makes the force on arteries higher as well.

5. Tobacco Consumption

– Tobacco consumption too is related with high blood pressure. Not only does tobacco increases the heart rate with immediate effect, but it also increases the risk of damage to the arteries.

6. Excessive Consumption Of Salt

– Consumption of too much salt in one’s diet causes the body to retain water, and this too can increase the blood pressure. In the same regard, it is very important for one to get the right amount of potassium in one’s diet, and that is because potassium balances the sodium in one’s body. When one does not get the right amount of potassium in one’s diet, one tends to accumulate too much sodium in the blood.

7. Right Amount Of Vitamin D In One’s Diet

– One needs to take care that one gets the right amount of Vitamin D in one’s diet. Vitamin D can affect an enzyme produced by the kidneys, and that can have a direct influence on the blood pressure. Mushroom, eggs and dairy products are some good sources of Vitamin D.

8. Stress

– High stress levels too are attributed to a temporary increase in the blood pressure. If one tries to beat the stress by use of tobacco, alcohol or a high diet, this may work towards aggravating the condition.

9. Chronic Conditions

– If one suffers from certain chronic condition, these too might aggravate the risk of high blood pressure. Some of such conditions are kidney disease, diabetes and sleep apnea.

Some Information About White Coat Hypertension

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 is going to discover, so your blood pressure spikes. The doctor checks, and sure enough… you have high blood pressure. What the doctor doesn’t know is whether this is an accurate reading in your case.

It may seem that this artificially heightened reading is not a real problem. We used to think it wasn’t. However, in recent years we have begun to notice a direct correlation between white coat hypertension and the development of chronic hypertension over time. Even short-term, occasional or temporary increases in your blood pressure can sometimes develop into a serious problem in the future with negative effects on your body and brain.

What To Do If Doctors and Hospitals Make You Nervous

If the idea of going to the hospital gets you excited, or you are anxious and nervous when you see your doctor, you have to share that information. The more you tell your doctor or caregiver about what is going on in your mind and body, the better treatment he or she can deliver.

So make sure you inform your doctor if you believe your high blood pressure readings are related to the mental stress of being in a clinical or medical setting. This could very well keep your physician from prescribing some medication or course of action that you may not need, saving your body, mind and bank account unnecessary problems.

Just Information – Chiropractic Adjustments May Lower Your Blood Pressure

We all know that having high blood pressure (BP) can lead to heart disease, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure and other health problems and even death. The scary part about having high BP is that you can have it and not know it because there are no symptoms or signs to look for. About one in three adults in the U.S. have high blood pressure and one in five of them do not even know they have high BP.

You ask what causes the increase pressure in my circulatory system. Well, it can be hereditary, being overweight, not exercising, not eating healthy foods, too much salt, alcohol and/or caffeine, smoking and stress.

High blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps blood. Over time, high BP can damage the body in many ways. Normal blood pressure is considered to be less than 120 the top number (systolic) over 80 the bottom number (diastolic).

George Bakris, M.D. a study leader did an eight-week study of 50 patients with early-stage high blood pressure. None of the 50 patients took any medicine for hypertension. Twenty-five of the patients had a special chiropractic adjustment while the other 25 patients had a different chiropractic adjustment. It was found that the 25 patients that had the special chiropractic adjustment had significantly lower BP. Dr. Bakris stated that this specific adjustment had the effect of two different blood pressure medications. He also stated that the patients experienced no side effects or problems from the special adjustment.

The Atlas (called this because it holds up the head) vertebrae known as the C1 vertebrae, which is the bone at the very top of the spine, was the one that was realigned on the 25 patients that had the special chiropractic adjustment. The study showed a drop in systolic pressure of about 14 mm Hg and on average 8 mm Hg drop in the diastolic pressure. Dr. Marshall Dickholtz, Sr., D.C. was the chiropractor that performed all of the adjustments during the study. He considers the C1 vertebrae as the “fuse box” to the body. He mentioned that there are two centers at the base of the brain that control all the muscles in the body, if you pinch the base of the brain and the C1 gets locked in a position as little as a half a millimeter out of alignment, it upsets the centers, but doesn’t cause pain.

Don’t take a chance, get your blood pressure checked today. Many pharmacies have BP machines that you can use for free. Also, take time today to have your spine checked by a chiropractor and prevent damaging your health.