Had Your Blood Pressure Checked Recently?

Had Your Blood Pressure Checked Recently?

We often have questions about what those numbers are that we hear when our blood pressure is tested.  There is a lot of misunderstanding as to what the numbers mean, and what is considered normal as compared with high. We want to help you with a basic primer.

Your blood pressure is recorded as two numbers, written as a ratio such as 120/80.

The top number (higher number) is called the systolic pressure, which measures the pressure in the arteries with each heartbeat (contraction). The bottom (lower) number is the diastolic pressure, which measures the pressure in the arteries between each heartbeat – when the heart muscles are at rest.

In order to get an accurate perspective on these important measurements, it’s necessary to monitor the readings over time.

A single high reading will not be an accurate measurement of your average blood pressure … home monitoring over time is the best way to get a true picture of your blood pressure measurements.

The textbook numbers for a healthy blood pressure have been 120/80. However, these numbers are not age adjusted, sex adjusted, or condition adjusted. Just like other medical parameters, nothing else is taken into consideration except the numbers.

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Avoid These Common Drinks If You Have High Blood Pressure

According to the American Heart Association, 1 out of every 3 adults in the United States has been diagnosed with high blood pressure. Furthermore, the AHA also notes that hypertension “was listed as a primary or contributing cause of death in about 348,102 of the more than 2.4 million U.S. deaths in 2009.”

These numbers are high, and more than likely, high blood pressure affects you or someone you know. It’s a serious health condition, but it’s one that can often be alleviated naturally.

If you’ve been diagnosed with hypertension – or pre-hypertension – perhaps you’ve taken steps to lower your blood pressure by exercising, losing weight, and adopting a healthy lifestyle. Or, if you’re taking medication to treat the problem, you may worry that you’ll have to take that medication for the rest of your life just to keep your numbers down.

Ironically, even if you’ve made several positive changes to lower your blood pressure, you may be consuming drinks that cause your blood pressure to rise. The simple solution is to avoid them or – at least – minimize your consumption of them. Here are three drinks you’ll want to avoid if you are battling high blood pressure.

1.) Energy Drinks – Energy drinks pack a lot of punch, but it’s probably not the hit you’re hoping for. The main ingredients of energy drinks – taurine and caffeine – have been shown to contribute to a rise in blood pressure and to negatively impact the natural rhythm of the heart. The result? If you have pre-existing hypertension or a heart condition, energy drinks may elevate your blood pressure and contribute to an irregular heartbeat. In fact, you’ll want to avoid or limit any drinks that contain caffeine because of its correlation to these health problems.

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5 Ways to Control High Blood Pressure without Medication

5 Ways to Control High Blood Pressure without Medication

Living with high blood pressure can be a scary experience because keeping your numbers in check is paramount to good health. For many people, controlling high blood pressure is equivalent to taking a pill – or two – every day to keep their blood pressure under control.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

There are several steps you can take to regulate your blood pressure without medication. Of course, you’ll want to do so under the supervision of your primary health care provider. You never want to stop taking high blood pressure medication “cold turkey” because it can cause your blood pressure to spike. Instead, change your lifestyle so that you may gradually wean yourself off your meds with medical supervision.

Consider taking these steps to naturally lower your blood pressure:

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What You Really Need to Know About High Blood Pressure

What You Really Need to Know About High Blood Pressure

“You have high blood pressure.”

The first time you hear these words, they may come as a shock to you. After all, you feel just fine. You may even assume the diagnosis is a mistake or justify that your blood pressure is elevated a bit because you were running late that day and nervous about getting to your medical appointment on time.

In fact, it’s likely your diagnosis began as a routine yearly exam, not because of any warning signs that you were aware of. After a couple follow-up exams, you discover that your original reading wasn’t a “fluke” after all. You really do have high blood pressure, and now you’ve got to do something about it.

Perhaps, instead, you were stunned to learn that your child – or grandchild – has high blood pressure. It is not as uncommon as you may think. A generation ago, hypertension was considered an adult disease. Today, however, more and more children are being diagnosed with high blood pressure, and they are at risk for developing the same debilitating health conditions as their adult counterparts.

High blood pressure results when the blood pushes “too hard” against the walls of your blood vessels. The heart works harder to pump your blood, resulting in potential damage to the blood vessels, the heart, the kidneys, and other organs in the body. Ultimately, individuals who live with untreated hypertension are at risk for heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure, and premature death.

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Natural Ways to Prevent Kidney Stones

Natural Ways to Prevent Kidney Stones

Approximately one million individuals develop kidney stones each year. If you’ve had them, you know just how excruciating the experience can be.

The symptoms may begin as a pain in your back or side – just below the ribs – and often radiates with variations in intensity. Eventually, the pain becomes worse and gravitates toward your groin. Regardless of whether they are as small as a grain of sand or as large as a golf ball, kidney stones can be very painful.

Other symptoms may include nausea and vomiting, frequent and painful urination, foul-smelling urine, and urine that is pink, red, or brown.

Kidney stones form from soluble salts in the urine, such as calcium-oxalate, calcium phosphate, and struvite. These substances form crystals and can bind with other crystals, forming a stone. Although they do not usually cause pain while in the kidneys, stones can become very painful as they pass through the bladder and out the urethra.

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Drinks to Avoid If You Have High Blood Pressure

Drinks to Avoid If You Have High Blood Pressure

According to the American Heart Association, 1 out of every 3 adults in the United States has been diagnosed with high blood pressure. Furthermore, the AHA also notes that hypertension “was listed as a primary or contributing cause of death in about 348,102 of the more than 2.4 million U.S. deaths in 2009.”

These numbers are high, and more than likely, high blood pressure affects you or someone you know. It’s a serious health condition, but it’s one that can often be alleviated naturally.

If you’ve been diagnosed with hypertension – or pre-hypertension – perhaps you’ve taken steps to lower your blood pressure by exercising, losing weight, and adopting a healthy lifestyle. Or, if you’re taking medication to treat the problem, you may worry that you’ll have to take that medication for the rest of your life just to keep your numbers down.
Ironically, even if you’ve made several positive changes to lower your blood pressure, you may be consuming drinks that cause your blood pressure to rise. The simple solution is to avoid them or – at least – minimize your consumption of them. Here are three drinks you’ll want to avoid if you are battling high blood pressure.

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What You Can Do to Prevent or Reduce High Blood Pressure

What You Can Do to Prevent or Reduce High Blood Pressure

If you worry about your blood pressure numbers, you’re not alone. In fact, it’s estimated that 1 in 3 adults in America has hypertension and that 40% of British adults are also affected by it.The most daunting detail, however, is that you can have it and not even be aware of it. Having high blood pressure is a possibility you not should ignore because it can lead to heart attacks, strokes, and kidney damage…and that’s just the beginning.

According to the American Heart Association, high blood pressure is costly. In fact, during 2010, it is estimated that health care services, missed days of work, and medications cost the United States approximately $93.5 billion. There’s more. Adults are not the only individuals suffering from hypertension. Children and teens can develop it, too, and the lifestyle choices they make today can affect them well into their adult years.

Although it’s possible to experience dizziness, fatigue, more frequent nosebleeds, and mild headaches in the early stages of hypertension, the truth is that these symptoms are normally not apparent until your blood pressure reaches a dangerous level. This emerging condition can be insidious, and that’s why it’s essential that you get your blood pressure checked regularly so that you can keep it in under control.

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Drinks to Avoid If You Have High Blood Pressure

What Is An Ideal Blood Pressure?

Your blood pressure is recorded as two numbers, written as a ratio such as 120/80.

The top number (higher number) is called the systolic pressure, which measures the pressure in the arteries with each heartbeat (contraction). The bottom (lower) number is the diastolic pressure, which measures the pressure in the arteries between each heartbeat – when the heart muscles are at rest.

In order to get an accurate perspective on these important measurements, it’s necessary to monitor the readings over time.

A single high reading will not be an accurate measurement of your average blood pressure … home monitoring over time is the best way to get a true picture of your blood pressure measurements.

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Why We Need Cholesterol

What Are Some Natural Home Remedies For High Cholesterol Levels?

Cholesterol is typically produced in response to inflammation as a result of excess acidic waste products that build up on the exterior walls of the blood pressure.

Because 80% of the cholesterol in your body is produced by the liver, the effect of your dietary cholesterol is actually quite negligible.

Until the mid-80s, the only treatment for high cholesterol was niacin – Vitamin B3 … but with the proliferation of statin drugs in the late 80s and into the 90s, average cholesterol levels began to lower – so in part to justify the continued dependence on these patented drugs, the standard for cholesterol levels began to drop … first to 200, then again to 100.

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Is Lightheadedness Related To Persistent High Blood Pressure?

Is Lightheadedness Related To Persistent High Blood Pressure?

Often times, when moving quickly from a sitting or laying position to a standing position, people can experience temporary light-headedness or dizziness.

Under normal circumstances, this can be a mild nuisance. However, for individuals with a history of high blood pressure, this symptom can be downright alarming!

The good news is, this response is a perfectly normal mechanism triggered by your body’s response to a perceived threat … in other words, whether you jump up to answer the door, get hit by a car, or win the lottery, your body is regulating (dropping) your blood pressure as a reflex – and the lightheaded feeling is a typical result of this reflex.

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