High blood pressure has been related to salt intake for over two thousand years. Chinese physicians described "Hardening of the pulse" after excessive salt ingestion in their writings before the time of Christ. Salt restriction has been a cornerstone of hypertension management for a century, and diuretics (which increase sodium excretion through the kidney) remain a mainstay in the treatment of hypertension. What is it about sodium and high blood pressure?
Blood pressure is defined by the relationship between the amount of blood ejected from the heart with each heartbeat and the resistance against which it ejects. Systolic blood pressure is the peak pressure generated by the volume of blood ejected and diastolic pressure the pressure in blood vessels during the period between heartbeats (the time the heart fills with blood between beats is called "diastole"). The cardiac output is determined by the amount of blood in the heart at the beginning of a beat and so is dependent on the...
It is normal for blood pressure to fluctuate throughout the day depending on your level of activity, stress , excitement, fear, etcetera.
If your blood pressure stays consistently elevated you may be diagnosed with hypertension (high blood pressure) . High blood pressure is known as the ‘silent killer' because you may have high blood pressure and not even know it. Usually there are no symptoms. That is why it's some important you monitor your blood pressure on a fairly regular basis.
If you do not take steps to control high blood pressure you risk long term consequences that can be fatal.
How does high blood pressure impact your body?
Let me give you a brief idea of what's going on within your body when your blood pressure is elevated.
High blood pressure increases the hearts workload by making the heart pump harder through the arteries. If high blood pressure continues over a long period of time, the functioning of the heart and arteries (and other organs, such as the kidneys') g...
Causes Many different factors can trigger menstrual disorders, such as hormone imbalances, genetic factors, clotting disorders, and pelvic diseases.
Dysmenorrhea Contraction-Causing Chemicals. Powerful chemicals known as prostaglandins and arachidonic acid can induce uterine muscle contractions. Prostaglandins also play a large role in the heavy bleeding that causes dysmenorrhea. Abnormal Nervous System Response. Some women with primary dysmenorrhea may have autonomic nervous systems that are overly sensitive to menstrual cycle changes. The autonomic nervous system regulates heart rate and blood pressure, and it contains the pain receptors in nerve fibers in the uterus and pelvic area. As a result, women with autonomic nervous system abnormalities may have a more intense response to pain. Abnormalities in the Arteries in the Uterus. Impaired blood flow through the arteries in the uterus may cause severe dysmenorrhea for some women. Genetic Factors. Genetic factors may play a role in prim...
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