What is blood pressure?
Blood pressure is a measurement of the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as it flows through them. When you measure your blood pressure, it's important that you do so accurately, as this will help your doctor determine what treatments are best for you.
Lowering high blood pressure can be done through lifestyle changes such as a healthy diet, exercise, stress reduction therapies, and certain supplements. If these changes are not sufficient treatment options for lowering your blood pressure, then medication may also be needed to help lower your blood pressure.
By downloading the ChiroWebMD mobile app you can better control your patient portal.
Symptoms of High Blood Pressure
Hypertension or high blood pressure means that systolic blood pressure exceeds 140 and diastolic blood pressure exceeds 90. Hypertension is not curable when managed with medication only. But the long-term healthier option involves lifestyle changes. More on that in a few, but first… How does high blood pressure feel?
Some people may experience no symptoms, or any of the following:
- Difficulty Concentrating
- Difficulty Breathing
- Excessive Anger
-Nausea or vomiting
Heart Disease Stroke and High Blood Pressure
Heart disease is a long-term condition that can affect people of all ages. About half of the people in the US who have heart disease are 65 or older.
Stroke is caused by blood flow to the brain being blocked or slowed down. It's one of the leading causes of disability worldwide.
High blood pressure is a medical condition where your blood pressure, the force in your arteries when your heart beats and when you make certain movements, stays too high for too long.
Heart disease and high blood pressure are two different illnesses that may share common symptoms, but they are not one in the same. There are different causes for these conditions and they should be treated differently because they affect different areas of your body.
Treatment for High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, can lead to life threatening health problems if not treated.
Many studies have shown that medications are an effective way of treating high blood pressure because they help reduce the workload on the heart and kidneys.
Hypertension is a chronic disease that requires lifelong medical supervision. But simple lifestyle changes can reduce, and in some cases eliminate the need for medication.
What is The Perfect Blood Pressure Range?
The normal blood pressure range is from 120-140 over 80-90.
An ideal blood pressure level is below 120/80.
In general, an ideal blood pressure range is better for the cardiovascular system. It decreases risk of heart diseases and also decreases the risk of stroke.
Functional Medicine Approach to High Blood Pressure
High Blood Pressure is a powerful warning that the body is struggling to manage stress. And while functional medicine practitioners do not claim to treat or cure any disease, healthier habits always reduce the risk of injury and disease.
Some natural remedies include: drinking more water, following the DASH diet, reducing salt intake, reduce alcohol consumption, reduce caffeine intake if it is a trigger to your high blood pressure, eat more vegetables and fruits.
Common causes that may lead to high blood pressure are being overweight or obese, obesity-related conditions such as sleep apnea and diabetes mellitus type 2, chronic kidney disease and heart disease. So diet can be a lifesaver.
It is important to note that there are no “miracle cures” for hypertension. Instead, the best way to manage it is through adopting healthy habits and lifestyle changes, which can be effective in lowering your blood pressure numbers over time.
Upper Cervical Chiropractic and High Blood Pressure
A few studies got the attention of the media concerning the positive effect of upper cervical care on hypertension. These studies were quickly dismissed as promising but anecdotal. And all of my results must also be considered anecdotal as well. Publishing research is prohibitively expensive and political. So we don’t expect general acceptance or understanding by the insurance or drug companies.
Upper Cervical Care is not for everyone, but it should be part of every wellness program. Because the best medicine, the most cost effective healthcare will always be proactively investing in health instead of betting against and then trying to manage emergencies.