What's so bad about high blood pressure? Is it really that harmful?

Yes over years. Over years and decades untreated blood pressure can cause heart attack, stroke, chf, and kidney failure as well as blindness.
For sure! Pandora, it is truly like opening pandora's box! it the leading cause of congestive heart failure, stroke, atrial fibrillation, and kidney failure. It is a major risk factor for heart attack and eye disease. Yes, it's a very treatable and preventable factor and it's control has been instrumental in prolonging our life expectancy in the 20th century!

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Sottopelle, high blood pressure, is there a link?

Sottopelle & Hi BP. This is real snake oil as I cannot find a single publication in PUBMED that relates to it. As it allegedly contains hormones that cause HTN in some I would suspect that it does. Much like BCPs. In you the only way to tell if it is affecting your BP is to stop it and see what happens. With BCP BP may take 3 months to return to normal. I specialize in BP and happy to do a second opinion. Read more...

Why high blood pressure is higher in the morning?

Blood presssure. When you're asleep there is less stimulation in the system. When you first awaken there is a tide of stimulation flooding into the consciousness and unconsciousness and this stimulates the BP to rise somewhat. Read more...

I have high blood pressure. Is there any way I can treat this at home? If so how?

Yes by taking. medications Rx ed by your doctor, if you follow your doctors advise it is easy to control , untreated ' blood pressure ' will lead to several complications like stroke , heart attack etc So do not not ignore it. Read more...
Depends. It depends on how high your pressure is and what else is going on. Certainly, weight control, low sodium diet, exercise, and whole foods will get you off to a good start. There are other things as well that may help depending on your situation. Get in to see you physician to discuss your options. Take care. Read more...
Decrease . Your salt intake. That will help you the most. You can even substitute KCL salt for the usual NaCl salt we use. This will help as well if salt is a necessity in your diet. Hope that helps. . Read more...
Yes but . . . Work closely w/your family doc. Check your blood pressure at home then bring in both record & cuff for calibration. Know your numbers. If you smoke, quit. If you don't exercise, start. Change eating habits to (low salt) DASH diet which has been proven to help lower BP. If this isn't enough, then discuss drug options w/your doc to reduce risk of stroke, heart failure & kidney failure from high BP. Read more...
Yes. Diet, Exercise, Wt loss, Salt restriction,avoiding alcohol, Nicotine, other legal/illegal stimulants. Yoga,meditation, any form of relaxation, reducing conflict /stress. Paying definite attention to sleep. Read more...

I have a high blood pressure is there a way to decrease it? I don't want to take the drug

Extreme weight loss. and complete reduction in salt intake could probably lower your blood pressure unless it is extremely high. It will be a lot more comfortable, convenient and effective to take the medications. Read more...