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One in three American adults suffers from high blood pressure. Are you one of them? Before you turn to hypertension medication, you may wish to explore natural treatments. What natural treatments are there for high blood pressure? And more importantly, do they really work?
What Is High Blood Pressure?
"Blood pressure" is the pressure with which the blood pushes against the walls of your blood vessels, and especially the arteries, as your heart pumps blood around your body. A person's blood pressure depends on a great number of factors. These include the strength of the heartbeat, how elastic the blood vessels are, the age and health of a person, and their blood volume.
High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a blood pressure that rises beyond normal levels. Hypertension is a very common problem, affecting one in three adults in the United States! Many people suffer from hypertension without even knowing it, because high blood pressure usually does not cause any symptoms.
When Measuring Blood Pressure, Two Separate Things Are Measured
When measuring blood pressure, two separate things are measured — the systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Systolic refers to the blood pressure when the heart is pumping blood, while diastolic is the blood pressure when the heart is in between two beats. You'll see the systolic number written down before the diastolic.
Have you been diagnosed with high blood pressure by your doctor? Or have you simply been measuring your own blood pressure? A systolic of 140 or more, and a diastolic of above 90 indicates high blood pressure. If you notice your blood pressure is too high, you should certainly see a doctor.
High blood pressure puts a person at risk of many complications. Your arteries can be damaged and can harden over time. This is called arteriosclerosis, which can in turn lead to all kinds of complications from eye damage to a heart attack or stroke. An aneurysm, where a section of an artery weakens significantly and can even rupture, is another possible consequence of hypertension.
Heart damage may be an obvious risk of high blood pressure, but your brain is in danger too if you suffer from uncontrolled high blood pressure. Believe it or not, hypertension doesn't just place you at an increased risk of having a stroke — dementia is another danger! Your internal organs can also be damaged if you have high blood pressure that isn't controlled in some way.
It is very clear, in other words, that high blood pressure should never be left untreated. However, many hypertension patients wonder if they could successfully and permanently bring their blood pressure down to safe levels without conventional medications. There are many natural high blood pressure treatments. Do they work?