General High Blood Pressure / Hypertension Information

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General High Blood Pressure / Hypertension Information
Blood pressure (BP), also called hypertension, is the force of blood as it passes through the arteries. As blood circulates through the arteries, it presses against the walls of the blood vessels. In order to sustain life, blood must not only be kept circulating, but it must also circulate at an appropriate pressure. When this pressure is abnormally high, the person is said to have high blood pressure. High blood pressure has adverse effects on the heart, kidneys and brain and can contribute to the development of heart attacks and stroke. Blood pressure depends on the output from the heart, the resistance to the blood flow by the vessels, the volume of blood in the body, and the distribution of the blood to various organs.

High blood pressure affects one out of every five American adults. Nearly half of those with high blood pressure are unaware that they have it. Of those who are aware, 20% do not obtain adequate treatment.

The blood pressure of a normal, healthy adult is 120/80. The first number is the systolic pressure; the second number is the diastolic pressure. Blood pressure is measured at two points in the heart’s rhythm. A soft inflatable cuff is wrapped around the upper arm and inflated. Systolic pressure is measured when the pressure from the cuff causes the pulse in the lower arm to stop. The second number is a blood pressure reading the diastolic pressure, which is determined when the cuff is deflated and the blood is flows freely once again.

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Possible Causes of High Blood Pressure / Hypertension
High blood pressure is divided into two categories:

Primary Hypertension is high blood pressure that is not due to an underlying health problem.
Secondary Hypertension is when high blood pressure is a direct result of medications or an underlying health problem.

In many cases, a doctor may not be able to pinpoint the exact cause of high blood pressure, but there are some factors that are known to increase blood pressure, including obesity, heredity, diet, water retention, alcohol consumption, smoking, lack of physical activity, stress and excessive stimulant use. The incidence of high blood pressure is higher in blacks and the elderly. Other common causes of high blood pressure include atherosclerosis, arteriosclerosis, kidney malfunction, diabetes, hyperthyroidism and adrenal tumors.

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Possible Symptoms and Complications of High Blood Pressure / Hypertension
Hypertension is known as the "silent killer" because in many cases there are no symptoms until serious complications develop. People with very high blood pressure can experience pulsating headaches (especially in the morning), visual disturbances, nausea and vomiting. Untreated high blood pressure can damage heart, kidneys and eyes leading to angina, heart attack, heart failure, kidney failure, peripheral vascular disease, retinopathy, stroke and abnormal heart beat.

Complications of high blood pressure include:

  • Heart Attack
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Aortic dissection
  • Kidney disease
  • Stroke
  • Brain damage
  • Vision problems
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    Possible Lifestyle Changes for High Blood Pressure / Hypertension
    Ok, we are sure your doctor has told you (on more than one occasion) that losing extra weight and eating better can reduce high blood-pressure.

    As we know it is easier "said than done," we thought we'd provide you with a few facts and tools that can help.

    • If you are overweight, every 10 pound (4.5 Kg) reduction can lower blood-pressure by 5-20 points.

    • Reducing sodium intake for salt sensitive people was shown to reduce BP 2-8 points.

    • Limiting your alcohol consumption to two glasses for men and one glass for women (and light weighted individuals) can lower blood-pressure by 2-4 points. Cutting caffeine can also make a difference.

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    In accordance with FDA regulation, we do not make any therapeutic claims for any Dietary Supplements in accordance with the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act.

    Beneficial Dietary Supplements

      Essential Fatty Acids are beneficial for blood vessels, circulation and lowering blood pressure.

      Fiber is beneficial in reducing heart disease.

      Calcium, Magnesium and Potassium deficiencies have been linked to high blood pressure.

      Coenzyme Q10 and Coenzyme A help improve heart function and the detoxification of dangerous substances.

      Garlic is effective in lowering blood pressure.

      L-Arginine is an amino acid that lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

      L-Carnitine is an amino acid that may prevent heart disease.

      Selenium deficiencies have been linked to heart disease.

      Vitamin E improves heart function and acts as a blood thinner. Use with caution if taking a prescription blood thinner.

      Vitamin C helps reduce blood clotting and improves adrenal function.

      Lecithin helps eliminate fat and improve liver function to lower blood pressure.

      Multi Vitamin and Multi Mineral Complex helps support a good nutritional balance.

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    RESOURCES - Tools to Support Natural Heart Health:

    GHS Plus™ Multi-Vitamin Arterial Cleansing Formula

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