Today I would like to review some of the primary causes of High Blood Pressure .
In most cases, there is no clear cause of high blood pressure. The term “essential hypertension” is used in these instances. Doctors can often treat the high blood pressure but never cure it. However, there are some causes of high blood pressure which can not only be treated, but also be cured.
The body sometimes needs to increase blood pressure to maintain adequate flow of blood to the brain and other vital organs. For example, if the kidneys sense a decrease in blood flow they assume it is due to low blood pressure. The kidneys then produce a hormone to elevate the blood pressure. In reality, the cause of decreased blood flow may have nothing to do with low blood pressure at all. A blockage in the pipes through which the blood is delivered to the kidneys (renal arteries) may cause less blood. The kidneys may thus raise blood pressure unnecessarily. This type of high blood pressure is difficult to treat...
Earlier this month (February 2012), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report showing that nine out of ten adults eat too much salt daily.
This excess salt is not the salt you are adding with the salt shaker. The high salt diet comes from processed foods and restaurant meals.
A diet high in sodium (salt) leads to high blood pressure. This equals an increased risk for developing heart disease and having a stroke.
According to CDC director Dr. Thomas Frieden, heart disease and strokes are responsible for the deaths of more than 800,000 Americans annually and add approximately $273 BILLION dollars to health care costs.
The U.S. Dietary Guidelines recommend salt be limited to no more than 2300 milligrams per day. This recommendation may be even lower (no more than 1500 milligrams per day) depending on your ethnicity, age, and medical history.
The average adult in the U.S. consumes more than 3300 milligrams of salt each day.
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Blood is carried from the heart to all the body's tissues and organs in pipes, called arteries and veins. Blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the walls of those pipes. The unit for measuring blood pressure is millimeters of mercury (mmHg). In most people, hypertension , or high blood pressure , is defined as either: a systolic pressure consistently at 140 or higher or a diastolic pressure consistently at 90 or higher. In some groups, such as those with diabetes or kidney disease , a high blood pressure is a systolic blood pressure (top number) of 130 or higher or a diastolic blood pressure (bottom number) of 80 or higher. Each time the heart beats (about 60 to 70 times a minute at rest) it pumps blood out into the blood vessels. When the heart is pumping the blood, it is called systolic pressure. When the heart is relaxing in between beats, your blood pressure falls; this is the diastolic pressure. A normal blood pressure is less than 120 (systolic)/80 (diastolic). If the...
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