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High Blood Pressure: The Silent Threat

Mar 29, 2008
A killer is stalking one third of the adults in this country, and one fourth of them are completely clueless. Over 73 million people over the age of twenty in the United States suffer from high blood pressure, also called hypertension. Their arteries and blood vessels are rigidinflexible, creating more work for the heart as it pushes blood through the body. Undiagnosed or ignored, this killer quietly works the heart harder and harder until it can no longer take the stress, and the end result can be a massive heart attack or stroke.

While a diagnosis of high blood pressure is scary, patients should realize that it is treatable. It does not have to be a death sentence. There area many ways of effectively managing high blood pressure. Many doctors prescribe manmade drugs, and these may do a fine job on treating symptoms. The cause, however, often remains untreated.

Many factors can cause the development of high blood pressure. Too much caffeine and alcohol have been linked to the disease. Overall eating habits are a big culprit, and obesity is definitely a factor. Fatty foods, red meat, too much salt, and too little nutrition can be a recipe for hypertension. Stress in your life plays a role, too. A difficult work place, huge changes like marriage or a move. or very emotional triggers like a major disease or divorce can result in high blood pressure. Finally, the presence of diabetes is a strong risk factor.

Changing your lifestyle to tackle these factors can help regulate blood pressure. And instead of depending upon prescription pills to treat symptoms, more and more people are testing out natural remedies. Knowing what foods nourish your heart and blood vessels can help you revive their flexibility and health.

As with any illness, you should not ignore high blood pressure. You should talk about it with your physician to create a plan to get your blood pressure lowered. Speak up honestly, and be proactive about your treatment. Do not be afraid to question the side effects of any pills you are prescribed or to suggest alternative supplements. After all, you both have an identical goal in sight: a healthier, happier you!
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