Hypertension is not the disease; it is a symptom of a disease

October 21st, 2011 by Team Healthizen
It is estimated that by 2025, around 1.56 billion people will be suffering from hypertension. The commonest symptoms of high blood pressure, medically known as hypertension, are occipital headache, giddiness, increased heart rate, bleeding from the nose, and even pain in the chest. Many patients exhibit no symptoms at all. In such cases, hypertension can truly become a silent killer, working to destroy quietly in the background.

Being overweight or obese often predisposes the development of hypertension. This is because the excess fat in the body leads to accumulations within the blood vessels, thereby blocking the arteries that carry blood to various organs. Some people have calcium deposits in the walls of their blood vessels that harden and narrow them down, thereby decreasing the blood flow through them. Others may have the formation of clots or blood vessel tumors that may lead to hypertension. In anemia, the reduction in the oxygen carrying capacity of the red blood cells forces the heart to overwork. Thus, in almost all the cases of hypertension, the heart is actually trying to compensate by working harder to supply enough blood to all the tissues of the body.

Most people think that by popping in pills to reduce their blood pressure, they are safe. They are safe in the sense that they will not suffer from a cerebrovascular stroke or hemorrhages, the acute manifestations of the disease. However, very few are aware of the fact that the raised blood pressure is a symptom of a disease and not the disease itself. It is indicative of a lifestyle issue or an underlying disorder. Hence, rectifying the cause is important rather than trying to only keep the blood pressure low. Not doing so and only focusing on controlling the blood pressure will work in a way that is contrary to what the body is trying to do. This will only lead to a further decrease in the blood supply to vital organs, leading to multiple organ failure in the long run.

For this reason, going natural makes sense. Lifestyle modifications like reducing your weight, decreasing one’s consumption of salt, quitting smoking, cutting down on alcohol, and exercising daily are essential to normalize your blood pressure. Remember, your loved ones want to have you around happy and healthy. So, at least for their sake, do the right thing – Beat Hypertension!

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4 Responses to “Hypertension is not the disease; it is a symptom of a disease”

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