Blood pressure is defined as the force of a person’s blood as it pushes up against the inside of their arteries. With every beat of the heart, it pumps the blood through the arteries. The pressure is highest when your heart beats, pushing the blood from the heart, this is called systolic pressure. In between beats, the pressure decreases as your heart takes a brief rest. This is your diastolic measurement.
Your reading and amount of risk that you have is determined by using these two sets of numbers. Usually the systolic number comes before or above the diastolic number. A reading of:
Studies over the past several decades indicate that there has been a significant decrease in deaths by heart disease in men, though these numbers do not apply to women. The research indicates that women need a different form of treatment.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 1 out of 3 people have hypertension and put themselves at risk for a stroke and heart disease, the two leading causes of death.
It is estimated that 77 million people in the United States have blood pressure that is above normal limits.
Studies also show that black women have a higher risk of hypertension than black men, followed by white women and then white men. The rates indicate that 64 percent of black women are at risk, while the rate for white women is 52 percent. However for men of both races it was only 51 percent.
Among those who had hypertension, 31 percent of black men didn’t know it; 28 percent of black women; 27 percent of white men; and 17 percent of white women.
Among people who knew they had hypertension, 44 percent were taking at least two types of medicines, and only 29 percent were on a diuretic — a recommended first-line medication to lower their blood pressure.
Control Through Use of Natural Remedies
According to the Center for Disease Control there are certain lifestyle patterns that can decrease the risk of hypertension and heart disease. These include eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight, staying physically active, not smoking, and limiting alcohol use.
There are some natural foods that can help reduce hypertension. According to several resources, including Healing Food Resources.com, some of the better foods to eat are pistachios, olive oil, mushrooms, pine nuts, celery, bananas, figs, oranges, honeydew melon, Nori, dark chocolate, and brussel sprouts.
Some additional ones are milk, cauliflower, onions, broccoli, lintels, strawberries, avocado, lemon, oily fish, potato’s wine, grapefruit, olives, pineapple and soy milk.
Some of the natural herbs that can help include dandelion, olive leaf extract ginseng, reishi mushrooms, green tea extract and ginger.
Other Natural Remedies
Increase your intake of water.
Reduce your alcohol consumption.
Start and maintain a good exercise program. Consulting with your doctor first is always advised.
Though there are prescription drugs that are designed for hypertension, and you should always consult and follow your doctor’s orders, there are other options that are healthy and available that can help lower high blood pressure. There is not one simple cure but many small things that you can do that can help assist you in living a healthier lifestyle.