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    High Blood Pressure

    Blood pressure is an essential part of your bodily function. Your blood is carried from the heart to all parts of your bodies in vessels called arteries. As your blood is pumped through your body, it "exerts pressure on the walls of your arteries." This is blood pressure. Normal blood pressure reads around 120/80 mmHg.

    High blood pressure is a blood pressure reading of 140/90 mmHg or higher. Both numbers are important indicators.

    Your Two Numbers

    Here are the meanings of the two numbers:
    • The Systolic Blood Pressure -- The top number in the reading.  It represents the pressure against these walls of arteries when the heart contracts.

    • The Diastolic Blood Pressure --The bottom number in the reading.  It represents the pressure against the artery walls when the heart relaxes.

    Which Stage of High Blood Pressure Are You In?

    Use the following category to find which stage is your high blood pressure. If your systolic and diastolic blood pressures fall into different categories, the higher category should be used to classify your blood pressure level.

    • Pre-Hypertension Stage
    If your systolic blood pressure is between 120 and 139, or your diastolic blood pressure is between 80 and 89 on multiple readings, you are in Pre-hypertension stage. When you have pre-hypertension, you are more likely to develop high blood pressure at some point.

    Exception: A blood pressure of 130/80 mmHg or higher is considered high blood pressure in people with diabetes and chronic kidney disease.
    • Stage One Hypertension
    If your systolic blood pressure is between 140 and 159 or your diastolic blood pressure is between 90 and 99 on multiple readings, you are in Stage One Hypertension.
    • Stage Two Hypertension
    If your systolic blood pressure is between 160 or higher, or your diastolic blood pressure is between 100 or higher, on multiple readings, you are in Stage Two Hypertension.

    Do You Have More Than One of the Following Symptoms?

    More than 60 million Americans and almost as many Europeans are hypertensive. High blood pressure is know as a "silent killer" and the number one threat to health in our society. If you are suffering from it, you know all too well that it is not so "silent" after all, because you have to struggle everyday with the agony of some of its devastating symptoms as indicated below:

    • anxiety
    • sleep disturbance
    • pounding pulse
    • exhaustion
    • fatigue
    • irritability
    • impatience
    • tension
    • sensitivity to light
    • headaches
    • stiff neck
    • shortness of breath
    • dizziness
    • and so on

    If you know someone close to you who is suffering from this condition, you probably have witnessed the weariness and the stress that it causes in their daily lives.

    The Danger of Untreated Hypertension

    When high blood pressure is not controlled or treated, it can cause:

    • Heart enlargement:    When blood pressure is high, it means it is taking increased force to pump blood against the greater resistance in your vessels. This causes the heart to get larger, which may lead to heart failure.

    • Bulges in blood vessels:    Common locations are the main artery from the heart, arteries in the brain, legs, and intestines, and the artery leading to the spleen.

    • Narrowed blood vessels in the kidney:    High blood pressure can cause blood vessels in the kidney to narrow, which may cause kidney failure.

    • Hardened arteries:    When blood pressure is high, arteries throughout the body will harden faster, especially those in the heart, brain, kidneys, and legs. This can cause a heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, or amputation of part of the leg.

    • Burst blood vessels in the eyes:   It also can cause the blood vessels in the eyes to burst or bleed. This may lead to vision changes and can result in blindness.

    As is obvious, high blood pressure is not a condition to be taken lightly.

    What Causes High Blood Pressure?

    From Ayurvedic perspective, high blood pressure is a disturbance in "vata dosha", particularly high vata. Disturbance in vata leads to problems such as:
    • metabolic and circulatory conditions
    • emotional irregularities
    • stress-related illness
    High blood pressure is the result of these interconnected problems.

    Side Effects of Drug Treatment

    A wide variety of pharmaceutical drugs exist to chemically manage the symptoms of high blood pressure. They can be effective to some extent, but all drugs have unpleasant side effects and worrisome long term damage to the liver, kidney, and other organs. 

    Sometimes other drugs are added to the prescription to treat these side effects. This not only fails to address the root causes of high blood pressure, but also creates a whole set of new problems of its own.

    Typical side effects of some of the commonly used anti-hypertensive drugs include:
    • weight gain
    • loss of sexual desire
    • fatigue, weakness
    • gastric irritation,
          diarrhea, abdominal cramps
    • headache, nausea, dizziness
    • rash
    • nasal congestion, cough
    • congestive heart failure
    • heart burn
    • mental depression
    • short-term memory loss
    • reduction of ability to exercise (in the case of beta blockers).
    • urinary loss of potassium

    Because of this, some people refuse to take pharmaceutical drugs and risk the danger of leaving a threatening condition untreated. Others cautiously and reluctantly take their prescription drugs, but deep inside they constantly search for a natural solution.

    Knowing the Side Effects of Your Medications through Other Users

    Many people do not connect the dots between the ill effects that they are suffering and the mediations that they are taking. Until they compare the notes with other users.

    If you want to know what side effects that other people have experienced when they take the same medications like yours, there is a website that you might want to visit


    All you need to do is to go to the site and type in the name of your BP medications and submit. Then click on the name of the drug that shows up. Find out the category that the drug belongs to. Then go to "Reports" on the very top of the webpage. A long list of category will appear. Click on the category that the drug belongs to. The drug will show up along with others in a chart. Clink on (number and ratings) of the specific drug that you want to know about. Through these ratings and reports, you will find the experiences of other patients who have use this specific drug.

    Why ask a patient? Because only an actual patient taking the medications knows exactly what he or she has to go through. As you compare notes with other users, you will find a lot of surprising information that even your doctors are not aware of.

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