Blood leaves the heart in the aorta and branches in the body's
arterioles, capillaries, veins and back to the heart. On occasion,
various factors can cause the arterioles to narrow which will cause the
heart to pump even harder. This will rise the blood pressure resulting
in high blood pressure. 1 in 4 North Americans have hypertension and do
not even know about it. Hypertension is also known as the silent
killer. This is why blood pressure should be checked at least once
every two years. The procedure is very simple and takes a few seconds.
The physician will measure your systolic blood pressure over your
diastolic blood pressure. If your blood pressure is 140/90 mm Hg it is
considered high. If high blood pressure is not reduced over time it
will damage the body. The heart may get larger and weaken which will
cause the heart to pump less blood throughout the body this can also
lead to aneurysms and blood cloths. Hypertension can also causes some
blood vessels to narrow which may lead to kidney failure, myocardial
infarction (MI),hypertension strokes, and amputation of certain limbs
that are not getting enough blood.
These damages can cause:
Coronary heart diseases
Hypertension can remain unnoticed for many years before these complications can occur.
Essential Hypertension Treatment
Have you wondered if hypertension could possibly be something you have
to worry about? Even those who follow a vegetarian lifestyle can end up
with this disease but we know a way to deal it, take early diagnosis
and follow our tips better for your healthy lifestyle.
Age (hypertension usually increase with age).
High sodium diet.
Race/ethnicity (more prevalent among African Americans and at an early age).
Excessive alcohol consumption (more than two glasses a day).
Chronic kidney disease.
Lack of exercise.
Birth control pills.
Hormone replacement therapy.
Prevention Limit alcohol intake. Limit sodium intake. Develop a healthy diet. Exercise Eat food containing enough potassium, magnesium, and calcium. Quit smoking. Reduce your stress. Talk to your doctor before taking certain birth control pills.
sativum), buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum) You can take the herb in the
pill form or eat 1-2 fresh garlic cloves each day. Garlic reduces cholesterol levels and is a strong antiseptic, antifungal and antibacterial agent.
Ginkgo-(Ginkgo biloba)-increases blood circulation to the brain and reduces confusion in the elderly. The leaves relax blood vessels. Take it as a pill or ½ tsp of fluid extract with water twice a day for 3 months at a time.
Ginger-(Zingiber officinale)-a circulatory stimulant. Grate ¼ tsp of fresh ginger into your food every day.