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How to lower your high blood pressure

The Basics

When a health care provider is measuring your blood pressure, the reading is derived from the blood pressure level when the heart muscle contracts (Systolic) to the level of blood pressure in your veins and arteries when your heart relaxes (Diastolic). The first number is the systolic pressure while the second number is the diastolic pressure. Normal blood pressure is 120 mmHg over 80 mmHg. There are three points of interest you need to be aware of:

  1. When your systolic number approaches 200 mmHg, there is a strong possibility that your small veins and arteries may rupture. Note that there are numerous veins and arteries located within the brain, kidneys, and eyes that may be smaller than a thin strand of hair. Once the systolic measurement goes above 180 mmHg, you are at an enhanced risk of having a blood vessel rupture in the eyes, experiencing kidney dysfunction or failure, and having a stroke. 
  2. When your systolic and diastolic numbers are approaching similar numbers or are equal, a heart attack may result. This occurs when the heart cannot pump blood into the body and the heart muscle fails. Examples of dangerous blood readings include 120/115 or 140/138, etc. If this occurs, please go to the hospital as soon as possible. You will need to seek immediate emergency care. 
  3. When your blood pressure is low both in both the systolic and diastolic measures (i.e. 80/45), your brain and other vital organs may not be receiving sufficient oxygen. You may experience fainting, dizziness, nausea, blurred vision, fatigue, or central nervous system shutdown. 

Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, occurs when your blood pressure increases to unhealthy levels. Hypertension develops over time, usually over several years. It is known as the “silent killer” because your body may become accustomed to the symptoms as time progresses. Hypertension may be diagnosed when an individual has three consecutive measurements above 140/90 mmHg on a sphygmomanometer, a blood pressure cuff device. 

Over 1 billion people throughout the world have high blood pressure. More than 75% of high blood pressure cases are uncontrolled and untreated. Approximately 3 million deaths occur annually as a result.

Symptoms of high blood pressure

There are a number of other factors that can lead to high blood pressure:

  • Chest pain
  • Headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • Visual changes
  • Dizziness
  • Blood in urine.
  • Nosebleeds
  • Pain articulating down arm, and or leg
  • Body sweats
  • Hearing loss
  • Memory changes

Primary causes of high blood pressure

  • Decreased vasodilation within blood vessels
  • Poor nutrition and inadequate consumption of minerals, vitamins, enzymes
  • Improper primary calcium and magnesium ratios
  • Restrictions of vascular flow 
  • Plaque and inflammation within blood vessels
  • Hormonal imbalances.
  • Pulmonary inflammation, infection or disease 
  • Kidney inflammation, infection, dysfunction or failure
  • Drug side effects
Stages of HypertensionSystolic Blood Pressure (mmHg)Diastolic Blood Pressure (mmHg)
Elevated120 -12980
Stage 1 Hypertension130 – 13980 – 89
Stage 2 Hypertension140 or higher90
Hypertension CrisisOver 180120
Steps to Reduce high blood pressure

Listed are a few steps you can take to reduce high blood pressure. If symptoms persist or are prolonged, additional analysis and testing is advised. Be sure to seek professional attention and care

1). Remove bad foods 

2). Introduce proper minerals, vitamins, enzymes

3). Reduce stress

4). Deep breathing

5). Exercise

6). Pay attention to your health

7). Get adequate sleep

8). Reduce or eliminate alcohol 

Please call (225) 478-9665 if you would like to discuss what you can do today, to reduce high blood pressure.