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Do Some People Have Naturally High Blood Pressure
Exercise,weight loss: Exercise, weight management and a healthy diet are the main 'natural' ways to lower high blood pressure and are sound advice for overall good health. Don't be disappointed if this may not be enough though. Hypertension is common in our population as we age and can be considered a somewhat 'natural' part of the aging process. Appropriate medication allow us to continue aging. ...Read more
A blood pressure reading has two numbers: a systolic blood pressure and a diastolic blood pressure. The systolic blood pressure is the maximum pressure the blood exerts on the vessels when the heart is beating. The diastolic blood pressure is the pressure the blood exerts on the vessels in between heartbeats. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, begins when the systolic blood pressure remains above 140 or when the diastolic blood pressure remains above 90. Hypertension can be a result of increased blood flow through vessels or increased resistance to ...Read more
Restrict salt: First and foremost is limiting salt intake to what nature intended, which is "not very much", and drinking plenty of water. If this does not work, you have gone beyond what natural medicine has to offer -- but also making a much better start than many people, and doing yourself a favor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes but....: Difficult to make a definitive judgement since hypertension is caused by a large variety of factors. In most individuals, high blood pressure is idiopathic meaning that there is no defined cause. In about 7% of patients, high blood pressure can be controlled with diet and exercise. However, hypertension is often progressive and so at some point, medications may be necessary. ...Read more
Simple is better: Fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain, and less salt. The more processed the food is, the more likelihood is that it will contain salt and other preservatives that may adversely affect bp. Also, increasing exercise and weight loss help. If there is any question of sleep apnea, get tested. That, too, can increase bp. ...Read more
Can i buy blood pressure medication over the corner or what can i take naturally for high blood pressure?
No, you cannot: Your best bet to fight high blood pressure is to keep your weight down, get an adequate amount of exercise, and eat a healthy diet, with minimal processed foods. Don't fall prey to "natural supplements" which claim to lower your blood pressure. Keep in contact with your doctor if your BP remains high. You must might need a prescription to help you. good luck. ...Read more
What defines high blood pressure and is there a timetable for lowering it naturally vs. Taking medication?
>140/90 repeatedly : Defines high blood pressure for most people, although in some higher risk patients, lower might be a little better. Weight loss, low salt intake, regular physical activity, avoiding or moderating alcohol intake, and a dash diet all help, as can treating underlying conditions. If blood pressure is not that high, it is worth trying these things first, but if it's really high, medicine is required. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not "cause": In reality we do not KNOW the true cause of high blood pressure. We do know many things that will drive it up in a predisposed individual. Considering about 30% of population has HTN, it is fairly common. Smoking and/or any act that stresses the body or mind can drive BP up in someone wo already has HTN or is genetically "ripe" to develop HTN ...Read more
High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) (Definition)
A blood pressure reading has two numbers: a systolic blood pressure (top number) and a diastolic blood pressure (bottom number). The systolic blood pressure is the pressure the blood exerts on the artery when the heart is at maximum contraction. The diastolic blood pressure is the pressure the blood exerts on the artery when the heart is at maximum relaxation. Ideal blood pressure is 120/80 or lower. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is 140/90 or higher. ...Read more
Blood pressure is a measurement of the force placed on the blood vessels and is comprised of the "systolic" pressure (the top number on a blood pressure meter) which is the peak pressure when the heart is pumping, and the "diastolic" pressure (the bottom number on a blood pressure meter) which is the pressure during the resting phase ...Read more
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