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Stress and Blood Pressure

Stress and Blood Pressure

Stress can do quite a number on our system.  And inflated blood pressure can be the mother of all concerns, as we manage through the stressful muck of our day-to-day lives.  Seems like everyone wants something NOW and there are never enough hours in the day to get the job done.  High blood pressure is a dangerous condition characteristic in as many as a third of all adults in the US.  This most unfortunate statistic is especially troubling, as in most cases, we do it to ourselves.  That’s right, though high blood pressure is more common in patients with a history of the condition among family members; stress, poor diet, lack of exercise, lifestyle choices and risk factors like smoking, are the leading contributors to this potentially deadly affliction!

Blood pressure is the force with which the blood circulating in our cardiovascular system exerts on the walls of our arteries.  High blood pressure over time weakens the arteries and damages the heart, kidneys and virtually every other organ in the body.  Think of it as having excessive water pressure running through your home.  Eventually, the high pressure damages pipes, then your water heater, dishwasher, clothes washer, toilets, etc.  You may hear a loud knocking in the walls when the water is turned on, weakening the straps that hold the water pipes to the structure.  Then it happens—you come home to a flooded bathroom and thousands of dollars’ worth of damage from a busted pipe.  Now imagine that same problem happening inside your body.  Only in this case, you can’t call a cleanup crew or replace an appliance!  Rather, your arteries are permanently damaged or even worse, you’re done!

Unfortunately, high blood pressure doesn’t necessarily present obvious symptoms until there’s a serious problem.  So, it’s vitally important to monitor blood pressure on a regular basis, especially as we age.  When monitoring blood pressure, it’s also wise to take multiple readings during the day and night as pressure rises and falls depending on your activity, level of excitement or stress, and before, during and after mealtime.  So, what’s a healthy blood pressure reading and when do we need to seek help for high blood pressure?

First, blood pressure is measured as systolic and diastolic pressures.  Systolic is the number representing blood pressure when the heart pumps blood through the arteries.  Diastolic is the pressure between beats or when the heart is at rest.  The following table comes from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute and gives ranges for adult blood pressure readings:

Categories for Blood Pressure Levels in Adults

(measured in millimeters of mercury, or mmHg)

Category

Systolic
(top number)

 

Diastolic
(bottom number)

Normal

Less than 120

And

Less than 80

Prehypertension

120–139

Or

80–89

High blood pressure

     Stage 1

140–159

Or

90–99

     Stage 2

160 or higher

Or

100 or higher

All readings for blood pressure above 120/80 mmHg indicate a risk for HBP and resulting damage associated with the condition.  “Prehypertension” usually results in eventual hypertension or HBP if steps aren’t taken to correct the problem.  Many times, a diagnosis of prehypertension gives us the wake-up call we need to make a change.  Changes in lifestyle, including smoking cessation, modification of our diet and implementing a moderate exercise program can often keep us from moving into the next category of concern.  But again, vigilance and knowledge gained from monitoring actual readings, whether at home or by your healthcare professional, can determine if there is a problem.  At this stage, all-natural blood pressure lowering supplements can help the cause by introducing powerful antioxidants and essential vitamins and minerals into the system.  Vita Logic Blood Pressure Formula is specially crafted to provide cardiovascular support with an advanced combination of antioxidants and balanced minerals, including calcium, magnesium and potassium, and olive leaf and garlic.  High blood pressure patients can benefit greatly through a regimen of blood pressure regulating supplements, along with proper diet and exercise.

Those diagnosed with high blood pressure are living on the edge–especially if warnings are ignored and patients refuse to take action to lower risky behaviors.  Prescription medications are available to lower blood pressure but failing to make changes in lifestyle can nonetheless result in deadly consequences.  So, it’s not enough to take your pills and hope for the best.  This is one problem we have control over!  It merely takes action in the form of changes in lifestyle and in diet.  The pressure‘s on!  Don’t let it get too high!


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