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High Blood Pressure – Definition/Causes

High Blood Pressure

What is high blood pressure? High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is when there is an unhealthy increase of pressure or resistance in your blood flow. Blood pressure measurement determines how much blood is passing through your blood vessels and the amount of resistance the blood has when the heart is pushing it through the body. Narrow arteries increase resistance. When your arteries are narrow it takes more effort for the right amount of blood to get through, this increases your blood pressure. Consistently high blood pressure can become a serious problem leading to heart attacks and strokes. It is a serious and very common condition.

How is High Blood Pressure Measured?

In a blood pressure reading machine two numbers are shown. The top number is called the systolic blood pressure which measures how much pressure your blood puts on your artery walls as it pumps through your veins. A systolic reading of 140 or higher is considered a high blood pressure. The bottom number is called a diastolic reading; this is the pressure in the arteries when the heartbeat rests. A diastolic reading of 90 to 99  is considered a high blood pressure. Over the past few decades the primary reading source has been the systolic reading. New guidelines suggest using the lowest number, called diastolic blood pressure, as the primary guideline to determine your blood pressure. The ideal diastolic blood pressure reading is less than 80.

High blood pressure can be defined as higher than 140/90 mmHg. Normal blood pressure should be considered around 120/80 mmHg. When your blood pressure gets higher than this, it’s recommended that you get it checked. Over time, your blood pressure can increase if your blood vessels become less flexible or are not able to get rid of excess blood, narrowing the blood vessels. A narrow blood vessel could even cause a stroke or heart attack. The effects of high blood pressure are a high health risk, which can damage your organs if left unchecked. 

What are the causes of high blood pressure?

There are many risk factors for high blood pressure. Your risk depends on your family history, genetics, your ethnicity, and your diet and lifestyle. The two types of hypertension are primary and secondary. Primary hypertension develops over time and relates to genes and/or physical/environmental changes. Secondary hypertension is more rapid and can be a lot more harmful. This type is usually caused by alcohol abuse, kidney disease, and thyroid or heart problems. Regularly getting your blood pressure checked is important especially with aging. These risk factors for high blood pressure are cumulative, so you should not ignore any of them. With aging, our blood vessels are not as flexible and work harder to open and close. As a result, older people are more at risk for hypertension. High blood pressure can be inherited, or it can be triggered by lifestyle factors. 

Understanding High Blood Pressure

Understanding high blood pressure can give you a head start on a health issue that has been a problem for many families.  At Centre of Balance we can assist you in understanding hypertension recognition, treatment and management. Our focus is to discover the root cause of your condition and help you with natural treatments, without the side effects of Western pharmaceutical treatments. We will also help you with lifestyle recommendations to support your treatment and recovery. Practitioners at Centre of Balance focus on restoring organ function to help you to prevent or manage your high blood pressure naturally. 

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