70 million adults in America are affected by hypertension or high blood pressure, that is actually every one of three people. You need to know its warning signs and treat it properly on time if you want to control this condition.

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Chronic heart failure, kidney diseases, stroke, heart attacks and other health conditions can be caused by hypertension. People who suffer from high blood pressure often experience no signs even when their blood pressure is extremely high. The most terrifying thing is that 1 of 5 adults in the states with high blood pressure is not aware of it.

Fortunately, many doctors claim that regular exercise and healthy diet can treat and prevent hypertension.

46 billion per year are the costs for hypertension in America which include missed days of work, health care service and medications. The medical treatment for this condition includes ACE inhibitor drugs, harmful beta-blockers, diuretics and reduced amount of salt in foods.

They do not treat the cause of the problem, but they only provide some relief. Most of the patients who suffer from high blood pressure experience do symptoms and signs even when their readings are at very high levels.

There are only two numbers when we measure the blood pressure.

The first number represents the blood pressure during your heart beating while pumping blood (systolic pressure) where the second one represents the pressure between heartbeats, when the heart is resting (diastolic pressure).

These are the ranges of blood pressure:

-         Lower than 120/80 – Normal

-         120-139/80-89 – Prehypertesnion

-         140-159 /90-99 – Stage 1 high blood pressure

-         160-and above/ and 100 and above – Stage 2 high blood pressure

The patients feel no signs when their blood pressures raise in the most cases. Yet, some common warning symptoms are nose bleeds, buzzing or ear noise, vision issues, irregular heartbeat, headaches, chest pain and confusion.

If you experience some of the signs of high blood pressure, it is highly important to react on time to control blood pressure. Due to high blood pressure as contributing cause, 360,000 Americans died in 2013. This is about 1000 deaths daily, which makes high blood pressure severe health disorder and alarming that requires prevention and serious treatment.

Hypertension usually increases the risk of many health issues, such as: 

  • Memory disorders: hypertension usually impedes the ability to understand concepts, momorize, remember, think and learn.
  • First stroke: every 8 of 10 people who experience first stroke, have high blood pressure.
  • First heart attack: 1 of 10- people who experience the first heart attack has hypertension.
  • Aneurysm: weakened blood vessels or bulged that lead to aneurysm and can cause death can be caused by hypertension.
  • Eye problems: due to hypertension, thickened, narrowed or torn blood vessels can be caused in the eyes that additionally lead to vision loss.
  • Metabolic syndrome: the risk of metabolic syndrome is usually increased by hypertension. This syndrome is combination between the following health issues: hypertension, low HDL (“good”) cholesterol, abdominal obesity and high blood sugar.
  • Chronic heart failure: 7 of 10 people who experience heart failures have hypertension.

Low Blood Pressure vs. High Blood Pressure

As we getting older, it is normal to have increased risk of both high and low blood pressure.

As we’ve already mentioned above these are the boundaries for normal, high blood and low blood pressure:

-         Lower than 120/80 – Normal

-         120-139/80-89 – Prehypertesnion

-         140-159 /90-99 – Stage 1 high blood pressure

-         160-and above/ and 100 and above – Stage 2 high blood pressure

Low Blood Pressure

The most prominent facts associated with low pressure

-         We have accumulation of plaque in the blood vessels because aging prevents the proper blood flow to the brain and heart

-         Dizziness and lightheadedness can be caused if the blood pressure drops suddenly

-         Postural hypertension is common for 10-20% of the people over 65

-         As the person stands up from lying position experience a sudden drop in the pressure. Mediated hypertension occurs when the person stands for a long time.

-         It is not serious in most cases if chronic low blood pressure causes no symptoms.

If you do not feel symptoms of low blood pressure, the situation is far from serious. The situation will be dangerous if you feel some of these signs:

-         Fainting (known as syncope)

-         Nausea

-         Depression

-         Fatigue

-         Clammy, cold and pale skin

-         Lightheadedness and dizziness

-         Blurred vision

-         Shallow, rapid breathing

-         Lack of concentration

This health issue can also occur with:

  • Heart issues
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Prolonged bed rest
  • Certain meds
  • Pregnancy
  • Allergic reaction
  • Neutrally mediated hypertension
  • Endocrine problems

High Blood Pressure

Symptoms and most important facts concerning high blood pressure:

-         Only half of the people who suffer from this condition maintain it under control

-         1 of 3 people in America suffers from high blood pressure

-         $46 billion per year cost this condition. It involves missed days of work, health care service and meds for the treatment.

The person does not experience any symptoms as the blood pressure levels are elevated. These are the most common signs:

-         Chest pain

-         Nosebleed

-         Vision changes

-         Buzzing or ear noise

-         Tiredness

-         Headaches

-         Irregular headaches

-         Confusion

Recommended foods that treat hypertension

-         Apple cider vinegar

-         Food rich in potassium

-         Dark chocolate

-         Tea (white tea)

-          Mediterranean diet

-         Food rich in fiber

-         Food rich in omega 3

Nutrition that aggravates the signs of hypertension and should be avoided

-         Caffeine

-         High-sodium foods

-         Alcohol

-         Omega 6 fats and trans fats

-         Sugar

The most beneficial supplementation for hypertension

-         Fish oil

-         Magnesium

-         Coenzyme Q10

-         Cocoa

-         Garlic

The most beneficial natural ways to treat high blood pressure 

-         Reduce stress

-         Essential oils

-         Physical activity

The main causes for high blood pressure

-         Heart issues

-         Poor lifestyle

-         Physical inactivity

-         Unhealthy diet

-         Obesity

-         Age

-         Family history

-         Tobacco use

-         Potassium deficiency

-         Pregnancy

-         Stress

Source: Healthy Food House

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