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High Blood Pressure Facts Doctors Don't Mention

April 25, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 158

While in the doctor's office, you expect to hear all the details relating to your high blood pressure. Yet, oftentimes this is not the case. The lack of discussion or full disclosure on the part of your doctor is related to two main factors 1) the complex nature of the underlying problem and 2) efforts to minimise and alleviate your concerns. Instead, your physician may focus on the medical procedures and management aimed at reducing the symptoms.

There are 3 hypertensive circumstances your doctor may find unnecessary to discuss with you:

1: Immediate Treatment for Hypertension

In order to diagnose a patient with high blood pressure a physician usually determines the patient's baseline number. This approach rules out any complementary or influencing factors that can temporarily elevate the blood pressure and establishes a basis for comparison.

Blood pressure in assessed as normal at: 120/80 mm Hg (millimetre of mercury). Any extreme variation to this model is often treated aggressively by physicians. Therefore, a sustained elevated reading above 140/90 mmHg is sound reason to diagnose a patient as hypertensive and a follow-up treatment plan implemented.

Deviations, however, occur in several instances for one or more reasons:

• A patient's blood pressure has reached the upper end of stage 1 (159/99 mm Hg) or is at stage 2 (>160/>100 mm Hg).

• The decision to err on the side of caution. Any noteworthy value above normal levels is cause for immediate medical attention. This is done particularly if the patient has one or more risk factors.

• Obesity and diabetes harbour strong risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Patients with these conditions are usually treated immediately with blood pressure lowering medications

2: Controlling Your Blood Pressure Naturally

High blood pressure can often be controlled through diet and exercise. Unless a patient has non-modifiable risk factors such as age, family history, gender, and cultural factors, then medications are considered to reduce complications.

A healthy lifestyle change in which 75% of foods eaten are plant based, along with regular exercise and calming meditations can positively impact a person's cardiovascular health.

3: Subtle Warning Signs in Women

Although tests for women are accomplished the same way as those for men, women are still extremely vulnerable to cardiovascular diseases. In fact, studies show that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death among women in the United States and often one of the most preventable. Because a woman's response to a myocardial infarction (heart attack) differs from men, often this difference results in a high degree of misdiagnosis and inadequate treatment for women.

A doctor's appreciation of this fact is much greater now with research. Additionally, the role of heart associations and charities across the globe, have been impactful in raising awareness of women's health issues. Still, in a clinical setting women's health is insufficiently managed.

These outlines examine the primary instances where high blood pressure facts are not mentioned to the patient. Despite these circumstances doctor's primary objective is to diagnose, treat diseases and reduce risk factors, and as such a large learning curve is still to be overcome.

Nigel Le Monnier has over 20 years-experience as a qualified natural health professional in the UK. He is well known for giving intuitive and expert advice to people regarding natural approaches to correcting a wide range of illnesses and conditions. Nigel is now writing articles for a website solely devoted to bringing a comprehensive range of natural health advice to everyone. To find out more about natural remedies for high blood pressure visit his website at Natural Health 4 Life.

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