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Am I at Risk for High Blood Pressure?

Jun 27, 2008
Every time you have a fight with your spouse or your kids, you feel angry, your face gets red, your heart start pounding hard, and you even get a headache. If you take your blood pressure at that time, it will be alarmingly high.

Intense emotions make our blood pressure increase, but it decreases and returns to normal once those intense emotions subside. High blood pressure is normally not detected until it remains high over an extended period of time.

The only way to know is to have it checked on a routine basis, once every couple of years as a bare minimum. If you have any of the following symptoms, you may indeed suffer from hypertension, or high blood pressure. Be aware you could also have high blood pressure without any of these symptoms; that's why it's so important to check your blood pressure regularly.

Dizziness Chest pain Headaches Shortness of Breath Blurred Vision or other visual abnormalities

Around 95% of high blood pressure is from unknown causes, according to most people in the medical community. I think it's scary to think that such a big percentage is unknown. However, there is something you can do about this 95%. But more on that later.

Risk factors can either be controllable or uncontrollable. Examples of uncontrollable risks are heredity, age, and race. The older you get, the higher your risk for developing high blood pressure.

Most commonly, hypertension occurs in men between thirty-five and fifty years old. In women, it commonly occurs after menopause. Also, if a family member has it, your risk of getting it is increased.

Some races also have a higher incidence of hypertension, such as African Americans, who have a tendency to get it earlier and more frequently than Caucasians. Those risk factors are uncontrollable and there is nothing you can do to change them.

But there are many factors that you do have control over that have a direct relation with you developing high blood pressure. Too much salt intake, excessive drinking of alcohol, sedentary lifestyle, obesity, smoking and stress all contribute to the development of high blood pressure. Do you have many of these risk factors?

Hypertension, if not monitored and treated, can lead to much more serious problems with long-term consequences, like brain, heart, and kidney damage. Delicate blood vessels in the eye can be damaged as well. Due to high blood pressure, the following life-threatening conditions can occur:

Irregular heartbeats, called arrhythmias Heart attack or brain attack (known more commonly as a stroke) Chronic kidney disease, ultimately resulting in kidney failure, requiring dialysis or transplant Hardening of the arteries, called atherosclerosis CHF - Congestive heart failure, a condition in which your heart becomes too weak to be efficient at pumping your blood.

The conventional way of treating hypertension is thru aggressive drug therapy, intended to push down your blood pressure, but with numerous side effects. However, more often than not, they do not even get the blood pressure down because like I said earlier, 95% of the causes of high blood pressure is unknown.

However, I do know the reason, so I've developed an exceptional High Blood Pressure Program intended to do the same thing as the medicines without all the side effects.

With simple exercises that take no time to learn and even less time to perform, this method helps lower your blood pressure naturally and helps you handle the stress that's so often at the root of blood pressure problems. You can learn more about my program here...
About the Author
Christian Goodman is a well known natural health writer and the creator of the Natural Health Blog. His latest work is the Natural High Blood Pressure program, which has now cured thousands of people to lower blood pressure naturally.
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