Hypertension Symptoms and Natural Hypertension Treatments

What is Hypertension?

Hypertension, also called high blood pressure, is caused by the pressure due to excessive pumping of the heart..It is one of the leading causes of death in the world today. In addition to being a deadly condition, hypertension can also cause damage to vital organs like the liver, brains, kidneys and the heart. Unfortunately, people suffering from hypertension may not even be aware of that condition till it becomes too serious a problem. Blood pressure measure always has two readings, one taken when the heart is beating and the other when the heart is at rest. The normal values for these two readings are 140 and 90 respectively.

Causes of Hypertension:
There are two types of hypertension. One occurs due to the increase in the pressure of the heart while beating., mostly due to old age. This type of hypertension called essential hypertension or primary hypertension. This condition can be controlled with the proper precautions, and many people with essential hypertension may live for eighty years or more. The other called Malignant hypertension occurs due to the disorders of any of the vital organs, such as the brain, the liver and the kidneys. Hormonal imbalances can also cause hypertension in some cases. These are very fatal and need to remedied urgently. Malignant Hypertension is also called Secondary Hypertension

Hypertension Symptoms:
Some of the common symptoms of hypertension are:
• Giddiness, Dizziness and a Feeling of Instability.
• Palpitations.
• Insomnia (inability to sleep well).
• Digestive problems and Constipation.

Treatment of Hypertension:

Hypertension, like any other physical disorder needs to be treated by a physician. Yet, hypertension, not being a disease but only a condition can be controlled through diet, exercise and adjustment of lifestyle. There are several claims about “cures” for hypertension through use of herbal medicines and other remedies. I do not like to go into the merits of these claims.

But there is a simple method which does not involve use of any drugs or remedies. This technique called Slow Breathing can bring down your blood pressure quickly and almost effortlessly. This method has medical recognition – FDA approved, easy to use and practicable by all. This method has been used and endorsed by such institutions of repute as the Harvard Medical School, The Mayo Clinic, Rush-Presbyterian Hospital and the American Heart Association.

Studies published in the Journal of Human Hypertension and numerous other respected medical journals reveal that:

Breathing slowly and deeply (less than 10 breaths per minute) for 10 to 15 minutes a day while extending exhalation results in significant reductions in blood pressure. That is because gentle, slow breathing acts like a natural safety valve to relax muscle tension, especially in the chest area, allowing constricted blood vessels to open and relieve pressure on the heart.

It literally takes a load off your chest!

What Are Hypertension Symptoms?

Hypertension or better known as “high blood pressure” is a very dangerous disease. It is often called the “silent killer” because most of the people suffering from hypertension do not know that they already have it. There are basically no hypertension symptoms at all. You will only know that you have hypertension if you have your blood pressure regularly checked. If you have a family member or a relative who is suffering from hypertension, you are most likely a candidate to have the disease as well.

If you have an extremely high blood pressure, you may experience the following hypertension symptoms below:

o Severe chronic headaches

o Physical and mental stress

o Vision problems (blurry vision)

o Chest congestion and pain

o Breathing problems

o Irregular heartbeats (palpitations)

o Blood in the urine

If you are experiencing any of the above hypertension symptoms, it is best to immediately consult a doctor for proper treatment. It is possible that you could be suffering from hypertensive crisis already and it is very dangerous because it may lead to stroke or heart attack. Hypertension can also lead to other serious ailments like kidney and eye problems. It is best to have your blood pressure checked so that you will know if it is within the normal level.

There are several categories of high blood pressure. They are the following below:

o Normal: Less than 120/80

o Pre-hypertension: 120-139/80-89

o Stage 1 hypertension: 140-159/90-99

o Stage 2 hypertension: 160 and above/100 and above

Since there are no hypertension symptoms at all, preventive measures should be taken. Proper diet like eating foods low in sodium (salt), cholesterol and saturated fat can be an effective way of avoiding high blood pressure. Eating foods that are high in potassium and calcium like fruits, vegetables, low-calorie dairy products and wheat is very good for lowering high blood pressure.

Also, most hypertensive people are obese. An obese person is someone who weighs more than 30% of what their normal weight should be. It is necessary for obese people to lose weight to reduce the risk of hypertension. Regular exercise is not only the key to losing weight but it also helps develop good heart and lungs.

Proper attention to the hypertension symptoms above can help you detect hypertension at an early stage. However, you can never be sure. It is still best to have your blood pressure regularly checked. And it is also best that you consult your doctor immediately if you think you are a candidate for hypertension. Always remember that “an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure”.

Urgent Hypertension

When a patient has a sustained diastolic blood pressure greater than 120 mm Hg but doesn’t develop complications, he has urgent hypertension. This condition can develop quickly over several days or take as long as several weeks. It can result from noncompliance with the prescribed antihypertensive regimen, stress, or drugs that stimulate the sympathetic nervous system, such as cough and cold preparations and anesthetic agents.

Its Diagnostic Tests

To distinguish urgent hypertension from emergency hypertension, a physician may order electrocardiography (ECG) and various blood, urine, and imaging tests . If your patient has urgent hypertension, the tests will reveal no organ damage; however, they may indicate minor changes in cardiac, cerebrovascular, and renal function.

l increase in pressure. Thus, the organs tend to be spared.

What is Emergency Hypertension?

Emergency hypertension is characterized by a sudden, sustained elevation of diastolic blood pressure. About 1 % of patients diagnosed with hypertension experience this complication. It’s most common in African-Americans ages 40 to 50 with primary hypertension.

The speed at which blood pressure rises during emergency hypertension causes more destruction than the elevated pressure itself. So treatment must be initiated as quickly as possible to prevent the complication from becoming life threatening.

If untreated, emergency hypertension results in significant damage to organs such as the heart, brain, kidneys, and eyes. It can also damage the peripheral vascular system. And a patient not treated for his emergency hypertension has a 90% risk of dying within 2 years of its onset. However, if the complication is treated swiftly, the chances of survival improve dramatically.

Many conditions can cause emergency hypertension to develop in a patient with primary hypertension . However, because increased public awareness of hypertension has resulted in improved blood pressure control, emergency hypertension is seen in fewer patients with primary hypertension.

If emergency hypertension occurs in a patient under age 30 or over age 60 who isn’t known to have hypertension, consider a secondary cause. Many cases of emergency hypertension result from the use of phencyclidine, lysergic acid diethylamide, amphetamines, cocaine, or crack-cocaine.

Complications of emergency hypertension include acute pulmonary edema, chest pain, dissecting aortic aneurysm, hypertensive encephalopathy, renal failure, and intracerebral hemorrhage.

Health History

Because emergency hypertension requires immediate treatment, quickly obtain a complete health history to help determine the cause of the condition. Ask your patient about any family history of hypertension and underlying diseases, such as heart failure, aortic dissection, ischemic heart disease, and renal failure.

Determine if your patient has diabetes. If he does, keep in mind that you won’t be able to tell whether renal or retinal damage results from diabetes or from emergency hypertension.

Ask which drugs he takes, including antihypertensive and other prescription, over-the-counter, and illicit drugs.