Alternative Cures

  and Natural Health Remedies

In the sixth of our series of informative articles reated to alternative cures, we look at high blood pressure.


High blood pressure, otherwise known as hypertension is a common problem affecting around 1 in 4 middle aged people in western society. Sufferers rarely display any visible symptoms, so often they are unaware they even have high blood pressure. If left untreated, high blood pressure could cause strokes or heart attacks, which is why it is also known as "the silent killer".

So what is high blood pressure and exactly what causes it?

When the force or pressure of blood against the artery walls is stronger than they were designed for, it is called high blood pressure. When someone suffers with high blood pressure they risk damage to their arteries, heart and kidneys. The problem with this condition is that there are often no visible or physical symptoms until the blood pressure is dangerously high. Unfortunately, by the time the sufferer realises something is wrong itís usually too late to do anything about it. Treatment must be administered quickly, to avoid the possibility of severe organ damage.

Blood pressure is measured by taking two readings. The first reading or systolic pressure is the higher measurement and measures the pressure as the heart contracts and pumps the blood out. The second reading is called diastolic pressure. This is the lower number and is a measure of the blood pressure when the heart relaxes and is filling up with blood.

Blood pressure is measured in terms of millimetres of mercury (mmHg). Hypertension (high blood pressure) is defined as either a systolic pressure of 140 mmHg or higher, or a diastolic pressure of 90 mmHg or higher.

Blood pressure should be checked under resting conditions because it varies constantly during the day. Physical exertion, stress, anxiety, emotional changes and many other factors may cause changes in blood pressure. Because of this, a single reading cannot be regarded as accurate enough to make a diagnosis of hypertension, so blood pressure is normally measured on three separate occasions (often over 3 months).

So what can be done to prevent high blood pressure?

By making important lifestyle changes, such as changing to a healthy diet and reducing the level of sodium (salt), taking increased exercise, quitting smoking, taking measures to reduce stress and anxiety, sufferers can reduce their level of blood pressure. This is one area doctors agree on.

Doctors will also routinely prescribe medicines to treat hypertension, particularly for a sustained systolic pressure of 160 mmHg or higher and/or diastolic pressure 100 mmHg or higher. Most of these drugs will come with a payload of side-effects that are unpleasant and ultimately as dangerous as the symptoms they are meant to treat.

Is there a safer, more natural way or dealing with high blood pressure?

There certainly is a better, safer and completely natural way to deal with high blood pressure. There is a book written by Frank Mangano entitled "The Silent Killer Exposed" which is listed on our products page. In his book he explains how tried and tested natural alternative to dangerous drugs work for lowering your blood pressure. If you follow the links to his homepage, you can read the many testimonials there.

Youíll see that there is a completely natural and safe way to control blood pressure without the risk of taking dangerous medications and drugs.

Author: Terry Didcott

Word Count: 544
Date Submitted: 23rd May 2007

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