Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a serious condition that affects one in four adults.
Systolic blood pressure that is consistently higher than 140 mm Hg. This is the top number of blood pressure measurement, which represents the pressure generated when the heart beats.
Diastolic blood pressure that is consistently higher than 90 mm Hg. This is the bottom number of blood pressure measurement, which represents the pressure in the vessels when the heart is at rest.
While hypertension generally develops in people older than 20 years of age, more than half of all Americans over the age of 65 have the condition. It is projected that the number of cases of hypertension will increase by 26% worldwide by 2025.
Most people who have high blood pressure do not know they have it because they generally experience no symptoms at all. Occasionally, some individuals may experience a mild headache, confusion, nausea, visual disturbances, or seizure.
The significance of uncontrolled hypertension rests in two areas. First, hypertension is associated with atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) which indicates a high risk of vascular events such as heart attacks and strokes. Second, hypertension increases the workload on the heart decreasing the longevity of normal heart function resulting in heart failure (congestive heart failure). While these are the end points of elevated blood pressure, there are a multitude of system functions which blood pressure impact.
Conventional therapies focus on medications with various mechanisms to lower the blood pressure. Those pathways are specific but do not exhaust all the mechanisms which impacted blood pressure. At Abraham’s Mark, our Natural Hypertension Care combines those conventional cardiac risk assessments with functional assessments and therapeutic lifestyle changes to modify blood pressure. By utilizing this comprehensive assessment, those systems which may be dysfunctional can be modified with the goal of lowering the blood pressure with less or no medication.