Let’s start with the basics:
BP defined: When your heart beats it forces blood into the arteries throughout your entire body. That creates pressure. That pressure is what keeps your blood flowing. Each time your heart beats, it pushes a surge of blood into your arteries and the pressure increases. Opposing that, when your heart is relaxed or in between beats, the pressure decreases in the arteries. This is why there are two numbers in a blood pressure reading. The first is systolic and the second is diastolic.
Systolic and Diastolic Defined:
The top number (systolic pressure) is the maximum amount of pressure inside your arteries when the heart is beating. The bottom number (diastolic pressure) is the amount of pressure inside your arteries when your heart is in between beats. The two numbers together are written in fractional form; such as 120/80 mm Hg.
High blood pressure also referred to as hypertension, a blood pressure measurement that is above 140/98 mm Hg for at least two or more readings over the span of a couple of weeks. The harder it is for blood to flow through your arteries, the greater the pressure is created, increasing your blood pressure. When there is high pressure your heart must work harder to pump blood around your body. If your blood pressure measures above 140/90 and stays there, you can be diagnosed as having hypertension.
What are the causes?
Scientists are still trying to understand why high blood pressure occurs, but they have found factors that contribute to high blood pressure. Some of these factors include obesity, level of physical activity, diabetes mellitus, heredity, age, and high intake of sodium, alcohol consumption, and smoking.
Nearly all cases of high blood pressure cases have no markable cause. This form of blood pressure is called primary or central high blood pressure. Secondary hypertension is associated with renal diseases, the use of oral contraceptives, and excessive alcohol ingestion.
Is there a way to conservatively treat hypertension before turning to blood pressure medications?
Chiropractic treatment has been shown to reduce blood pressure, however, more research is needed to determine exactly how manipulation is helpful. Chiropractic treatments should always be done in conjunction with your medical doctor’s recommendations.
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The idea is to create a diet you can live with that will offer proper cardiovascular support. If you are interested in working with Dr. Kaster to help control your blood pressure without potentially dangerous medications give us a call today and schedule your appointment.
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