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Hypertension: Treating the Cause

submitted by: admin on 10/08/2013
Drugs treat the symptoms, not the cause of hypertension. Stress is the predominant cause of hypertension. Lack of sleep also causes hypertension. Sedatives lower blood pressure as well as antihypertensive drugs.        

Hypertension: How to Manage It with Russ Jaffe, MD

submitted by: admin on 10/08/2013
There are many ways to treat hypertension. In the mainstream we tend to rely on medication to manage elevated bood pressure. By the time we reach 80 years old, 95% of people have elevated blood pressure. Natural approaches include fish oil, magnesium, exercise, relaxation, weight loss and more, and should also be used first. Yet there are still factors that are...

Hypertension: Basic Principles

submitted by: admin on 10/08/2013
You've just found out you have hypertension, what do you do now? What hypertension is, how you measure it and what the numbers mean, and how you make the diagnosis is reviewed. White coat syndrome is a very common cause of elevated blood pressure.        

Hypertension Management

submitted by: admin on 10/08/2013
Simple approaches to diagnose and manage newly found hypertension are explored. White coat hypertension is discussed. The significance of systolic, diastolic and pulse pressure are discussed. Pre-hypertension is also reviewed.          

Hypertension in Children

submitted by: admin on 10/08/2013
Pediatricians don't regularly take blood pressures because it is not common; that is why hypertension is missed. Normal pressures are much lower. How blood pressures should be interpreted is discussed.          

Hypertension and Qigong with Michael Mayer, PhD

submitted by: admin on 10/08/2013
Qigong is an ancient form of exercise that cultivates the energy of life by synchronizing breath and movement, certain postures, using touch, sound and imagery. Blood pressure is modifyable through the breath and imagery.            

How is the Quality of Your Sleep?

submitted by: admin on 09/24/2013
  The importance of sleep in restoring and maintaining health are discussed. Insomnia has been linked to hypertension, diabetes, cancer, & arteriosclerosis by causing inflammation. Mechanisms are explained.        

Grape Seed Extract for Hypertension

submitted by: admin on 09/22/2013
  In small clinical trial this supplement worked as well as conventional medications, but without side effects. The importance of white coat hypertension and side effects were also discussed.              

Garlic Protects the Heart

submitted by: admin on 09/22/2013
  Garlic oil may help release protective compounds for the heart during a heart attack, during cardiac surgery, or for congestive heart failure. The active compound is diallyl trisulfide, which can deliver hydrogen sulfide gas to the heart. In studies in mice when a coronary artery is tied off there is 61% less damage when diallyl trisulfide is administered....

Fitness Trumps Body Weight

submitted by: admin on 09/21/2013
If you maintain or improve your fitness level, even if your body weight has not changed or increases, you can reduce your risk of death. This data is according to research reported in the journal Circulation in December of 2011 on 14,000 men of average age 44 over 6 years. For every MET (the energy expended during exercise) increase over 6 years of a 19% reduction...

Exercise in Children and Hypertension

submitted by: admin on 09/21/2013
Exercise in young adults can protect against the development of hypertension for about 15 years. It also keeps blood pressure down in adults and is the reason why regular exercise is imperative to protect against the complications of hypertension.          

Exercise for Hypertension

submitted by: admin on 09/21/2013
Exercise is very powerful medicine that can treat hypertension, depression, fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, osteoporosis, congestive heart failure, and many other  conditions that are reviewed. Exercise should be encouraged at every age and in every community. The type of exercise that is best is also reviewed.    

Eating Omega 3 Fish Reduces Heart Attacks and Strokes in young Women

submitted by: admin on 09/20/2013
Women between the age of 15 and 49 may reduce their risk of developing heart attacks, strokes, and hypertension by consuming fish right in omega 3 fatty acids. Compared to women eating fish high in omega 3 fats such as salmon, mackerel, cod and herring, have a 90% less risk compared to women eating little or no fish. This study was published in the journal, Hypertension,...

Does Salt Cause Heart Attacks?

submitted by: admin on 09/20/2013
Researchers published in the Cochrane Library that there is no evidence that moderate cuts in salt intake reduce the risk of a heart attack or dying prematurely. Salt does lower blood pressure mildly. Yet salt is essential for survival. The difference between table, sea, and Himalayian salt are reviewed. The effect of salt intake in congestive heart failure and...

Do Low Fat Foods Make Us Fat?

submitted by: admin on 09/20/2013
Low fat foods tend to be replaced with sugar and extra sugar is converted to fat. Excess sugar also leads to high insulin levels, hypertension, high triglycerides, and abdominal obesity. High fat, low carb diets lead to using fat for energy production, which is a healthy thing.          

Diuretics: Are They Overused?

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
Diuretics are used for a number of reasons. They can be lifesaving for some conditions. Thiazide drugs are the best treatment for hypertension, but they have side effects too.      

Diuretics, Hypertension, and Side Effects

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
How diuretics work in hypertension and their benefits, side effects, and problems are discussed. The ALLHAT study in JAMA in 2002 reviewed all classes of anti-hypertensives and made recommendations about the most intelligent choices for treatment. All drugs have problems; this is why lifestyle management becomes the most attractive approach for treatment because...

Controlling Hypertension

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
Most hypertension is caused by chronic stress and an overactive sympathetic nervous system. Mainstream medicine uses drugs to suppress blood pressure numbers, but does not address the underlying causes except in a small minority of cases. This review of the causes and wide range of treatments is presented.      

Coenzyme Q10 Improves Hypertension and Congestive Heart Failure

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
Recent data has documented once again that coenzyme Q10 improves hypertension and can prevent congestive heart failure. It can improve cardiac output by as much as 39% and significantly increases exercise capacity of patients with all levels of congestive heart failure. It has many other functions such as increasing HDL cholesterol, immunity, and arterial elasticity...

Breathing for Hypertension with Deane Hillsman, MD

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
  Hypertension can be helped by breathing properly. How we breathe affects our blood pressure as much as 10-15 points. Sympathetic vs parasympathetic breathing has a major effect on blood pressure. Slow abdominal breathing is relaxing. Relaxed breathing is more efficient, especially during prolonged exhalation. Breathing patterns can be taught that increase...