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Are You Doing Anything About Your Blood Pressure?

Jun 6, 2008
The medical term for high blood pressure is 'hypertension'. As a general rule, you're considered to be 'hypertensive' if your blood pressure is consistently above the ideal 120/80. Some people are genetically predisposed for having high blood pressure, but there are other factors that often contribute to it, regardless of your genes.

To make you better understand high blood pressure or hypertension, you should know what hypertension really is. When your blood pressure is taken, what is actually measured is the amount of pressure your blood is exerting against the walls of your blood vessels. When you get a higher number, it means that more pressure is being forced against those walls.

Think of a balloon being filled with water. As more and more water fills the balloon, it stretches to accommodate it...to a point. As it gets very full, you can easily see the balloon thinning out, and if you continue putting water into it, eventually it will stretch itself to the breaking point.

Same is true with your blood vessels. They can and will burst if you let your blood pressure get too high and remain there unchecked. Where the vessel bursts will determine the severity of the results. Vessels bursting in the brain will make you suffer a stroke. Vessels in the heart will make you suffer a heart attack or suffer complete heart failure.

High blood pressure is often called the 'silent killer' because of this. You don't feel any symptoms at all and you feel finethen the pressure becomes so great and it causes a life-threatening episode.

The top number of a blood pressure reading is called the systolic pressure. This is how much pressure is within the blood vessels with each pump or 'beat' of your heart as it forces blood out. The bottom number is the diastolic pressure. This number represents how much pressure exists within the blood vessels in between beats, when you heart is momentarily at rest.

This is why the bottom number is often seen as the more critical value. If your diastolic pressure is over 80, and especially once it gets over 90, that tells the doctor there's a great deal of pressure being exerted on your vessels, even when your heart is at rest. With high blood pressure, the spurting force of the blood as it leaves the heart the next time could be the one that proves to be too much.

So if you have high blood pressure, what can you do to lower it? Lose weight if you are overweight, reduce or remove the causes of stress in your life, quit smoking, and exercise more.

Another thing that you can do, and this is a little easier but just as effective and even quicker, is do the exercises in my Hypertension Program. My Hypertension Program will reduce your chances of heart attack or stroke by making your blood pressure at low levels. The best part is that is does not require you to change your lifestyle or spend hours sweating in a gym.

It's a series of easy, simple exercises which only take a few minutes a day and which you can do with little effort. The impact it will have on your blood pressure numbers is nothing short of life-saving.
About the Author
Christian Goodman is a popular researcher and the writer of the natural health blog. His most recent work is the Lower Blood Pressure program, which has now helped thousands of people in managing high blood pressure.
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