High blood pressure is a common condition in which the force of the blood against your artery walls is high enough that it may eventually cause health problems, such as heart disease. The medical name for high blood pressure is Hypertension.
Blood pressure is determined by the amount of blood your heart pumps and the amount of resistance to blood flow in your arteries. The more blood your heart pumps and the narrower your arteries, the higher your blood pressure. You can have high blood pressure (hypertension) for years without any symptoms. Even without symptoms, damage to blood vessels and your heart continues and can be detected. Uncontrolled high blood pressure increases your risk of serious health problems, including heart attack and stroke.
High blood pressure generally develops over many years. Fortunately, high blood pressure can be easily detected. And once you know you have high blood pressure, you can work with your practitioners to control it. The exact causes of high blood pressure are not known, but several factors and conditions may play a role in its development, including:
Complications from High Blood Pressure (HBP)
The excessive pressure on your artery walls caused by high blood pressure can damage your blood vessels, as well as organs in your body. The higher your blood pressure and the longer it goes uncontrolled, the greater the damage.
Hypertension, Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke Contribute To 36% of All US Deaths
The Endocrine System plays a key role in the understanding how high blood pressure can start from thyroid imbalances including hormone production and testosterone levels that influence the pressure in the vascular walls and rhythm of the heart and affect the parathyroid, adrenal glands.
Uncontrolled High Blood Pressure Can Lead To:
Heart Attack or Stroke. High blood pressure can cause hardening and thickening of the arteries (atherosclerosis), which can lead to a heart attack, stroke or other complications.
Aneurysm. Increased blood pressure can cause your blood vessels to weaken and bulge, forming an aneurysm. If an aneurysm ruptures, it can be life-threatening.
Heart Failure. To pump blood against the higher pressure in your vessels, your heart muscle thickens. Eventually, the thickened muscle may have a hard time pumping enough blood to meet your body’s needs, which can lead to heart failure.
Weakened and Narrowed Blood Vessels In Your Kidneys. This can prevent these organs from functioning normally.
Thickened, Narrowed or Torn Blood Vessels In the Eyes. This can result in vision loss.
Metabolic Syndrome. This syndrome is a cluster of disorders of your body’s metabolism, including increased waist circumference; high triglycerides; low high-density lipoprotein (HDL) – or “good,” cholesterol; high blood pressure; and high insulin levels.
If you have high blood pressure, you’re more likely to have other components of metabolic syndrome. The more components you have, the greater your risk of developing diabetes, heart disease or stroke.
Trouble with Memory or Understanding. Uncontrolled high blood pressure may also affect your ability to think, remember and learn. Trouble with memory or understanding concepts is more common in people with high blood pressure. (By: Mayo Clinic Staff)
Major Causes of High Blood Pressure Are:
Being overweight or obese
Lack of physical activity
Too much alcohol consumption (more than 1 to 2 drinks per day)
Primary (Essential) Hypertension*
*For most adults, this type of high blood pressure, called essential hypertension or primary hypertension, tends to develop gradually over many years.
Some people have high blood pressure caused by an underlying condition. This type of high blood pressure, called secondary hypertension, tends to appear suddenly and cause higher blood pressure than does primary hypertension. Various conditions and medications can lead to secondary hypertension, including:
- Kidney Problems
- Adrenal Gland Tumors
- Thyroid Problems
- Thyroid Imbalance is highly associated with High Blood Pressure or Low Blood Pressure for several associated reasons. The Endocrine System regulates so many of the most important biochemical reactions and production within the body including the blood flow coming through the Liver and Kidneys and other organs.
- Certain defects in blood vessels you’re born with (congenital)
- Certain medications, such as birth control pills, cold remedies, decongestants, over-the-counter pain relievers and some prescription drugs
- Illegal drugs, such as cocaine and amphetamines
- Alcohol abuse or chronic alcohol use
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Changing High Blood Pressure Alternatively
- Fibrin: Excess fibrin in the blood can result in blockages and the risk of clots creating High Blood Pressure. Certain specialized proteases such as Nattokinase are extremely effective at improving the “quality” of blood cells, optimizing the ability of blood to flow through the circulatory system, and reducing the risk of clots. This is extremely important in reducing the risk of stroke. Many patients now use proteolytic enzymes during long plane flights to minimize the potential of blood clots in the legs – see Trevinol, which is very effective in reducing many symptoms associated with Vascular Issues.
Potassium helps balance the amount of sodium in your cells. If you don’t get enough potassium in your diet or retain enough potassium, you may accumulate too much sodium in your blood. Most people are potassium deficient – take the simple test under our test page.
Magnesium deficiency is another factor that affects the heart and vascular walls and plays an important role in mineralization in the body
Too little Vitamin D in Your Diet. It’s uncertain if having too little vitamin D in your diet can lead to high blood pressure. Vitamin D may affect an enzyme produced by your kidneys that affects your blood.
Cardiovascular Events. It is well known that blood pressure management is important for the prevention of cardiovascular events. Elevation of the central aortic blood pressure induces coronary arteriosclerosis, which easily causes various adverse events such as stenosis and myocardial infarction. Brachial blood pressure, which is usually measured in clinical settings, is an essential parameter for the evaluation and management of central aortic pressure. Since the observation and reduction of central aortic pressure contribute to the prevention of cardiovascular events, simple measurement of not only brachial blood pressure but also central aortic pressure may be useful in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases, strokes that are associated with High Blood Pressure.
Remedies and Lifestyle Changes
Help Control and Prevent High Blood Pressure, Even If You’re Taking Blood Pressure Medication
Here’s What You Can Do:
- Eat Healthy Foods. Try the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet, which emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy foods. Get plenty of potassium, which can help prevent and control high blood pressure. Eat less saturated fat and total fat.
- Decrease the salt in your diet. A lower sodium level — 1,500 milligrams (mg) a day — is appropriate for people 51 years of age or older, and individuals of any age who are African-American or who have hypertension, diabetes or chronic kidney disease. Otherwise healthy people can aim for 2,300 mg a day or less. While you can reduce the amount of salt you eat by putting down the saltshaker, you should also pay attention to the amount of salt that’s in the processed foods you eat, such as canned soups or frozen dinners.
- Maintain a Healthy Weight. If you’re overweight, losing even 5 pounds (2.3 kilograms) can lower your blood pressure.
- Increase Physical Activity. Regular physical activity can help lower your blood pressure and keep your weight under control. Strive for at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day.
- Limit Alcohol. Even if you’re healthy, alcohol can raise your blood pressure. If you choose to drink alcohol, do so in moderation. For healthy adults, that means up to one drink a day for women of all ages and men older than age 65, and up to two drinks a day for men age 65 and younger.
- Don’t Smoke. Tobacco injures blood vessel walls and speeds up the process of hardening of the arteries. If you smoke, ask your doctor to help you quit.
- Manage Stress. Reduce stress as much as possible. Practice healthy coping techniques, such as muscle relaxation and deep breathing. Getting plenty of sleep can help, too.
- Monitor Your Blood Pressure At Home. Home blood pressure monitoring can help you keep closer tabs on your blood pressure, show if medication is working, and even alert you and your doctor to potential complications. If your blood pressure is under control, you may be able to make fewer visits to your doctor if you monitor your blood pressure at home.
- Practice Relaxation or Slow, Deep Breathing. Practice taking deep, slow breaths to help relax. There are some devices* available that can help guide you in breathing for relaxation.
*However, these devices have a mixed effect in lowering blood pressure.
- CoQ10 Can Reverse Heart Disease and High Blood Pressure Naturally. Nutrient based deficiencies caused by genetic mutation, aging, cancer and statin-type drugs** can cause a decrease of CoQ10 in serum (blood) and/or tissue. The amount of CoQ10 found in the diet is not significant enough to increase CoQ10 in the blood. Significant increase in the blood requires supplementation of a minimum of 100 mg of CoQ10 per day and a maximum dosage of 1200 mg of CoQ10 per day.
An excerpt from an article of the National Academy of Science states, “Therapy with CoQ10 can result in increasing and even normalizing the myocardial levels of CoQ10…. Therapy with CoQ10 can result in a profound increase both in cardiac function and in the quality of life of a failing cardiac patient. Cardiomyopathy (any disease that affects the structure and function of the heart) can be substantially, but not solely, a consequence of a deficiency of CoQ10.”
Risk Factors – Diet Questioned
The belief is that coronary heart disease (CHD) is caused by eating too much beef, fish, chicken, eggs, real butter, real milk and other energy rich fatty foods. This strongly held belief is fundamentally flawed and plagued by junk science and scientifically unexplainable observations.
The fact is, 40% of people with CHD have no known risk factors whatsoever – as promoted by allopathic medicine. What is acutely causing coronary heart disease? Could it be deficiencies of co-enzyme Q-10, vanadium and other key nutrient deficiencies? These nutritional deficiencies encourage biological deficiencies and impair the immune system which in turn allows microbial poisons to run rampant throughout the coronary vascular system.
The fact that atherosclerotic plaques (hardening of arteries) contain cholesterol does not necessarily support the lipid (substances that contain fat) hypothesis presented by allopathic doctors. Recent work has shown that much of the cholesterol in plaque is not derived from the blood, but is synthesized by arterial cells located in the liver and gut (intestine). Thus the concept that cholesterol travels from the food to the blood and then sticks to the arteries like glue is not born by our current science of the methodology of how hardening of arteries occurs.
Cells produce and desperately need cholesterol but the supply of cholesterol is not a continuous chain of production inside a healthy living cell. The liver and the gut also produce cholesterol in an excess amount that is then transported to the needy cells that are deficient of this energy rich nutrient, the bloodstream being the medium for transportation.
Statin Drugs** Cause Deficiencies in the Production of CoQ10
Heart Disease and high blood pressure can be described loosely as damage to the heart, arteries, or vessels or a mechanical disorder called hypertension which can lead to a stroke. Statin drugs are drugs that lower cholesterol. One disease/deficiency that statin drugs create is Rhabdomyolysis, the impaired production of CoQ10. Just 30 minutes after taking natural or synthetic statin drugs, CoQ10 deficiency can be observed in the liver, heart and kidneys. Welcome the domino effect. CoQ10 deficiency creates an ATP (adenosine triphosphate) deficiency (often called the “molecular unit of currency”); ATP deficiencies have been shown to trigger heart attacks. Four women and 13 men with an average age of 46 were tested for ATP deficiency. Clinical heart failure was demonstrated when their ATP levels fell below 25% of normal concentration.
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- Statin Drugs in the US include: Lipitor, Torvast, Lipobay, Baycol, Lescol, Mevacor, Altocor, Mevastatin (red yeast rice), Livalo, Pitava, Pravachol, Selektine, Lipostat, Crestor, Zocor, and Lipex.