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There are times it is normal for the heart to beat harder, such as if you are out hiking and encounter a bear. Your blood pressure will jump so larger levels of oxygenated, nutrient rich blood is sent through your system and you are able to react. All part of the flight or fight response.
When you are diagnosed for high blood pressure your blood pressure is not just high for limited periods of time. It is consistently elevated. This means the heart is constantly working harder than it should.
Here are 7 reasons your heart may be dealing with this increased workload:
1. Atherosclerosis (narrowing of the arteries) - This may be caused by cholesterol deposits along arterial walls resulting in plaque buildup. Fibrosis or endothelial dysfunction may also result in narrower arteries. When arteries narrow the heart has to pump harder (exert more force) to move blood throughout the system.
2. Overweight and obesity - Fat is a tissue that requires a constant blood s...
It’s clear that we eat too much salt….and sugar…and the wrong fats ….and food in general. Refined sugars (carbohydrates) in particular, have been linked to a variety of health issues including obesity and diabetes. Hypertension, on the other hand, has consistently been linked to excess salt consumption. So it comes as a bit of a surprise to see new research that links sugar to hypertension.
American scientists recently reviewed a study of 8670 French adults which seemed to find no link between hypertension and salt intake . The study's researchers postulate that instead, consistently high sugar levels cause your heart to beat faster and in turn, cause your blood pressure to rise. A research team, led by Dr. James DiNicolantonio, a heart disease specialist at St. Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City, believes the French study is on to something. Sugar may indeed be a significant risk factor for...
Medications Several classes of drugs are used to treat hypertension. Diuretics Diuretics help the kidneys get rid of excess salt and water. They are the mainstays of anti-hypertensive therapy and are often the first type of drug selected for most people with hypertension. They are also especially helpful for treating patients with heart failure, patients with isolated systolic hypertension, the elderly, and African-Americans. (African-Americans are more likely to be salt-sensitive, so they respond well to these drugs.) They also work well for patients with diabetes. Diuretics are often used in combination with other antihypertensive drugs. There is strong evidence that diuretics work just as well as newer drugs in lowering blood pressure and are more effective in preventing heart failure, heart attack, and stroke. Diuretic Types and Brands. The three main types of diuretics include: Thiazide diuretics. These include chlorothiazide (Diuril), chlorthalidone (Hygroton), indapamide (Lozol), hyd...
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