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High Blood Pressure

High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

High blood pressure is also known as hypertension. High blood pressure termed as "the silent killer " as its usually causes no symptoms. Some people having high blood pressure typically don't know it until their blood pressure is measured. Blood pressure" is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps out blood. If this pressure rises and stays high over time, it can damage the body in many ways". High blood pressure is a serious condition that can lead to coronary heart disease, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure, and other health problems.

Blood pressure readings are measured in millimeters of mercury (mmHg) and usually given as two numbers. For example, 120 over 80 (written as 120/80 mmHg)

  • The top reading is the systolic pressure, the pressure created when your heart beats. It is considered high if it is consistently over 140.
  • The bottom reading is the diastolic pressure, the pressure inside blood vessels when the heart is at rest. It is considered high if it is consistently over 90.

Either or both these two reading may be high.

Symptoms of High Blood Pressure (Hypertension

  • High blood pressure can eventually cause blood arteries in the eye to burst or bleed. Vision and Eyesight may become blurred.
  • High blood pressure might lead to nose bleed .
  • Palpitation.
  • Dizziness.
  • Pain at the back of the head and neck

Causes of High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

High blood pressure can affect all types of people. You have a higher risk of high blood pressure if you have a family history of the disease. The main causes are;

  • The tendency to have high blood pressure appears to run in families.
  • Obesity As body weight increases, the blood pressure rises.
  • High intake of sodium.
  • Emotional stress can elevate the blood pressure.
  • Hormonal changes in women. 

Home Remedies for High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

Following are some of the effective home remedies for high blood cholesterol

  • Take 1-2 tablespoon of fenugreek (methi) seeds and boil in a glass of water. Strain and then take this mixture. This is very effective home remedy for the treatment of high blood pressure. Patient may take this drink for 2-3 months twice a day.
  • Carrot and spinach are also helpful in reducing high blood pressure. Extract fresh juice from carrot and spinach and drink a glass of it twice a day.
  • Parsley regulates the flow of blood in the blood vessels and maintains easy circulation. It looks after the entire arterial system. It is a very useful herb for high blood pressure.
  • Take equal quantity of honey, ginger juice, and finely powdered cumin (jeera) seeds, approx 2-3 tablespoon, and make a mixture. Take this mixture 2-3 tablespoon twice a day. This is an effective home remedy for high blood pressure.
  • Indian gooseberry is another effective remedy for high blood pressure. A tablespoon each of fresh indian gooseberry juice and honey mixed together should be taken every morning in this condition.
  • Garlic is regarded as an effective means of lowering blood pressure. It is said to reduce spasms of the small arteries. It also slows down the pulse rate and modifies the heart rhythm.
  • Take 2-3 tablespoon onion juice and mix honey (2-3 tablespoon) to it. Take this mixture for lowering high blood pressure.
  • Take dry water melon seeds and make its powder form. This powder can be taken 1-2 tablespoon in a glass of water.
  • Grapefruit is useful in preventing high blood pressure. The vitamin P content in the fruit is helpful in toning up the arteries.
  • Take four leaves of Tulsi (Holy Basil) and two leaves of Neem with 3-4 teaspoonfuls of water, empty stomach for 6-7 days. 

High Blood Pressure Treatment and Advice

  • Consume a good amount of leafy vegetables containing fibre.
  • Reduce the intake of salt from the diet.
  • Persons suffering from hypertension must get at least eight hours of good sleep.
  • Fruits like bananas, oranges, guavas and apples are good in high blood pressure.
  • Also try to avoid red meats. But white meats, especially fish are beneficial in lowering blood pressure.
  • Avoid alcohol and smoking.
  • Always use polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats instead of hydrogenated fats. Ghee and butter prepared from cow’s milk can be given.
  •  Avoid buffalo milk.

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