What Is Blood Pressure? As your heart beats to pump blood throughout your body, the blood pushes against the sides of the vessels through which it flows. This pushing is known as blood pressure, and too much pressure can exert a strain on your heart and arteries. Blood pressure is measured in millimeters of mercury…
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“People often have the impression that if they’re taking blood pressure medications, they don’t have to change the way they live. They can keep eating, for example, a diet that’s high in salt,” says Dr. Seth Marquit, MD, Medical Director at the Pritikin Longevity Center in Miami. “But new research is showing that there are many things that medications do not help us with.”
With a blood pressure reading of 130/80, “you’ve already doubled your risk of cardiovascular complications compared to those with a normal level of blood pressure. We want to be straight with people – if you already have a doubling of risk, you need to know about it. It doesn’t mean you need medication, but it’s a yellow light that you need to be lowering your blood pressure, mainly with non-drug approaches,” stated Paul K. Whelton, MD, lead author of the new U.S blood pressure guidelines that define high blood pressure as 130/80 or higher.
“Pills are merely a band aid,” points out Dr. Jay Kenney. “A healthy lifestyle goes after the underlying cause of the disease, and fixes it.”
Masked hypertension poses the same dangers that any diagnosis of hypertension has, including increased risk of heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure, dementia, and early death.
What Is Blood Pressure? As blood pushes against artery walls, it creates a force. This force is your blood pressure. Blood pressure is measured with two numbers: the systolic and diastolic blood pressures. The systolic number represents the pressure that occurs as your heart contracts and pushes the blood out into the body. The diastolic…
If you suspect you have hypertension, you may be asking, “What are common high blood pressure symptoms?” In this article, you’ll get answers, and you’ll learn what’s most important about controlling high blood pressure.
It’s important to know that about 75% of the salt (sodium-chloride) Americans eat every day does not come from their salt shakers. It comes from processed and restaurant foods. These sources are absolutely loaded with salt, and many of us don’t even know it.