You wake up in the morning and you have a pain in your right side. It's pretty acute. You're not sure but you think it might be your appendix. At the very least, you do feel some pain and suspect that something is wrong. So you go to the doctor to get checked up. With high blood pressure, unfortunately, this is not always the case. A person can be walking around with high blood pressure for years and not know it until one day they have a stroke or heart attack. There are no symptoms, no warnings, nothing, until many times it is too late. That's why they call high blood pressure the silent killer.
So what exactly is high blood pressure and what causes it?
High blood pressure, basically, is when the force of the blood against your artery walls is just too strong. When this happens, it can damage your arteries, heart and kidneys. The only time you'll ever feel anything from this is when your blood pressure is dangerously high. By that time, it is usually too late to do anything about it. And if treatment isn't administered quickly, severe organ damage can occur.
Blood pressure is measured by systolic and diastolic pressures. Systolic pressure is the pressure of blood against the arteries after the heart has finished pumping. This is the top number in the reading. Diastolic pressure is the pressure of blood against the arteries between heart beats, or when the heart is at rest. This is the bottom number reading.
There has been a lot of debate about what “normal" blood pressure should be. Years ago it was believed that 120 over 80 was a “normal" blood pressure reading. Today, from what we have learned, it is better to have a lower bottom number around 70. So a blood pressure reading of 120 over 70 would be considered normal. Any numbers above these are considered high blood pressure or hypertension.
So what do you do if you have high blood pressure, which can be easily diagnosed by going to your doctor? Well, this is actually one area that doctors agree, at least in part, with those who prefer natural methods over drugs. The first thing a doctor will usually recommend is a life style change. There are probably many reasons for your high blood pressure such as smoking, stress and improper diet, specifically eating foods with a lot of sodium.
The problem is, your doctor will only give you some basic guidelines to follow and usually these aren't enough. Ultimately, they end up putting you on some very dangerous drugs which I urge you to avoid at all costs. The side effects and potential dangers are not pleasant.
There is a better way. High blood pressure can be controlled with natural methods that aren't harmful to your body. You can get more information at our website which you will find in the author's bio.
You don't have to suffer from high blood pressure any longer.
Steve Wagner used to suffer from high blood pressure. Today his pressure is 120/70 and he did it without dangerous drugs. You can find out how at our web site at http://www.natures-healing-remedies.com/products.html #blood and while you're there, get your free report on how the drug companies are killing us plus get a free 52 week email series on natural treatments for a variety of ailments.