Manage Your Blood Pressure Naturally Before It Becomes A Major Problem
What To Know And What To Look For
Since symptoms are not always evident when we are talking about high blood pressure, it is better to look at risk factors that might cause a person to have high blood pressure. Often the only way a person finds out they have high blood pressure is because their blood pressure is tested when they visit a doctor.
What could put you at risk for having high blood pressure?
Race: African Americans are more likely than Caucasians to have high blood pressure.
Gender: Men are more likely than women to have high blood pressure.
Age: As you get older, your risk increases.
Salt intake: It's not clear why sodium affects blood pressure, but some people are sensitive to sodium, and most people get much more than they need.
Obesity: Being overweight is a huge risk factor for high blood pressure.
In addition, there are other factors or conditions that can increase your risk of high blood pressure, including:
Drinking alcohol to excess:
Living a sedentary lifestyle:
Taking oral contraceptives or other medications such as steroids, diet pills, cold remedies, even ibuprofen.
How is Blood Pressure Diagnosed?
The blood pressure cuff measures blood pressure, but one high reading is not enough for a diagnosis to be made. You could be having an especially stressful day or have other issues that are causing your blood pressure to spike at that particular time. If your doctor thinks you might have high blood pressure, several readings might be taken during the same visit (including measurements from both arms), as well as a family history and physical examination.
The doctor will do a lot of listening to the heart as well as other areas of the body to see if he or she can hear any strange noises that might indicate a blockage or irregular heartbeat. The doctor may also look at the blood vessels of the eyes, which could be damaged by chronic high blood pressure, and examine the thyroid gland.
Your doctor should ask if anyone in your family has had high blood pressure and what medicines you have been taking (since some drugs can cause hypertension, as we previously mentioned). He or she will also ask what symptoms you have had such as dizziness, sweating, heart palpitations or weight loss. These symptoms could indicate a deeper problem rather than high blood pressure.
Blood may also be taken to check for kidney disease, which can cause high blood pressure, as well as for abnormal vitamin and mineral levels, which could indicate a gland problem. An electrocardiogram is also helpful to make sure no damage has occurred to the heart. You may have even had a heart attack and don't know it. This test will show you how your heart is doing.
What Happens After Diagnosis?
Once you've been diagnosed with high blood pressure, it is up to you and your doctor to come up with the course of treatment that will be best for you. We hope that you can use the information in this article to have an informed conversation with your doctor about what is best for you on the road to healing your body and managing your high blood pressure naturally.
What If I Do Not Treat My High Blood Pressure?
There are many potential health problems that could come your way if you don't treat your high blood pressure. It's hard to believe that something that doesn't manifest any symptoms can be causing so much damage, but there are a whole host of health problems that can be caused or made worse by your high blood pressure, including atherosclerosis (also known as hardening of the arteries), heart disease, stroke or aneurysm. You could have even had a heart attack or heart failure without your knowledge.
That's why it is so important to treat and manage your high blood pressure naturally, whether you use the standard medical "cures," which artificially keep your blood pressure lower than it would be without the drugs, or use more natural methods to lower your blood pressure.