High blood pressure, or Hypertension, when serious, can lead to heart attacks and other life-threatening health problems. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with hypertension, it’s important to learn all you can and take action.
Blood pressure is the force of blood flowing against your artery walls. Blood pressure is measured in two numbers: systolic pressure and diastolic pressure. If your systolic pressure is at or above 140 mm Hg, and/or your diastolic pressure is at or above 90 mm Hg, then your blood pressure is considered high.
Hypertension doesn’t usually cause symptoms until it gets to be severe enough that it leads to major health problems such as kidney disease, blindness, heart failure, stroke, cognitive impairment, dementia, and metabolic disorders.
Consider these self-care techniques:
- Get daily aerobic exercise
- Add Tai-Chi and Qi-Gong to your workout
- Meditate or sapend time alone to reduce stress
- Practice slow, deep breathing
- Get plenty of rest
- Reduce the amount of fat and salt in your diet and increase your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Avoid smoking, alcohol, coffee, and spicy foods
- Age (the risk is higher after age 35
- Family history of the condition
- Drinking heavily
- Consuming too much salt
- Not exercising
- Being overweight
- Using tobacco products
- Being stressed
Causes of Hypertension
The risk factors for hypertension include the following:
Best Acupuncture’s Approach to Hypertension
Incorporating acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine into your treatment plan can help to treat your hypertension and improve your overall health. The goal of treatment at Best Acupuncture is to find and address the underlying imbalance that is affecting the flow of Qi. This imbalance can be what is leading to elevated blood pressure, as well as other symptoms. After an in-depth initial exam, our acupuncturists will diagnose where the imbalance is taking place within your body, and will create a personalized health plan for you.
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