The heart pumps blood into the arteries with enough force to push blood to the far reaches of each organ from the top of the head to the bottom of the feet.
Blood pressure can be defined as the pressure of blood on the walls of the arteries as it circulates through the body.
Although some people with high blood pressure have symptoms, such as headaches or dizziness, blurred vision, palpitations shortness of breath, most people with high blood pressure have no signs or symptoms at all.
That is why it is so important to have your blood pressure checked regularly by your healthcare provider.
This is especially important if you are someone who is at higher risk for hypertension.
High blood pressure or hypertension is a disease of the modern age. It is regarded as silent killer.
The fast pace of life and the mental and physical pressure increase the adrenaline in the blood stream and this causes the pressure of the blood to rise.
Hypertension is the medical term for high blood pressure. Untreated hypertension increases the strain on the heart and arteries, eventually causing organ damage.
Hypertension increases the risk of heart failure, heart attack (myocardial infarction), and stroke. Fortunately, treatments for hypertension are effective and usually easy to take.
Causes of High Blood Pressure or Hypertension
High blood pressure is not only a serious condition by itself, but it is also the leading cause of heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure.
Severe and immediately life-threatening hypertension is called malignant hypertension and usually requires hospitalization and acute medical care.
Symptoms of High Blood Pressure or Hypertension
High blood pressure usually causes no symptoms and high blood pressure often is labeled “the silent killer.” People who have high blood pressure typically don’t know it until their blood pressure is measured.
Treatment of High Blood Pressure or Hypertension
As with most ailments, treatment of both high and low blood pressure involves short-term relief and cure, combined with an understanding of the primary cause of the condition to prevent recurrence.
The CureSheet series addresses both aspects of cure by giving immediately and easily applicable natural cures, in conjunction with exercises and lifestyle suggestions for the prevention of the condition in the future.
Home Remedies for High Blood Pressure or Hypertension
1. One may consume two to three cloves of garlic twice a day. It helps in lowering blood pressure, restricts spasm of small arteries and modifies heart beat and pulse rate.
2. A mixture of two tablespoon Indian gooseberry juice and honey may be taken every morning in empty stomach. This checks high BP.
3. Lemon is very beneficial for treating high blood pressure. The Vitamin P content in lemon is effective in preventing capillary fragility.
4. Grapefruit, also rich in Vitamin P, helps in toning up arteries and checks high BP.
5. Dried or roasted watermelon seeds may be consumed daily along with water. They dilate the blood vessels, thereby controlling the BP elevation.
6. Rice-based diet is very suitable for a high BP patient. Rice is low in fat, salt and cholesterol content. The calcium rich brown rice relaxes the nervous system, and acts as a safeguard against high blood pressure.