Blood pressure

Overview and effective natural approaches to hypertension

 


What is it?

The force of the blood pushing against the artery walls as the heart pumps the blood, is called the blood pressure.

It is influenced by many factors like, the pumping of the heart, volume of blood, diameter and elasticity of the blood vessels and it may vary during a day.

The B.P. has two components: the systolic pressure and the diastolic pressure. The first one refers to the pressure when the heart is beating to pump the blood.

The second number stands for the blood pressure in between heart beats, so when the heart is not actively pumping.

Blood pressure is measured in millimeters of mercury (mmHg). There are different categories of blood pressure.


 

CATEGORY SYSTOLIC(top number) DIASTOLIC (bottom number)
Normal Less than 120 And Less than 80
Prehypertension 120–139 Or 80–89
High blood pressure
Stage 1 140–159 Or 90–99
Stage 2 160 or higher Or 100 or higher

This table refers to the blood pressure in adults (aged 18 and older). The categories are different for children and change as you grow older. Like stated above the numbers may vary at different moments in time, but if one or both numbers stay above the normal level, we speak of high blood pressure, or hypertension.


High Blood pressure is diagnosed through the readings of several blood pressure tests. This is a simple test in which the doctor uses some type of gauge, a stethoscope/electronic sensor and a blood pressure cuff.

Since blood pressure is influenced by many factors, the testing needs to be done carefully and there are some precautions one needs to take before undergoing the test, like avoiding strenuous exercise, smoking, drinking of caffeinated beverages and be seated for a at least 5 minutes before the measurement.

Also because blood pressure may vary during time the pressure needs to be measured several times. Once the numbers continue to be high over time, hypertension is diagnosed. After diagnosis of HBP, additional tests need to be done to evaluate the damage to other organs, including:

  • Blood tests to check kidney function
  • An electrocardiogram (EKG) to look for:
    – Thickening of the heart muscle
    – Reduced blood flow to your heart
    – Irregular heart rhythms

There are two different kinds of HBP. We speak of primary (essential) hypertension when the underlying causes are not known (90% of the cases). If the hypertension is a result from an underlying condition like, kidney disease, hormonal disorders or hereditary factors, it’s called secondary hypertension.
There are a lot of factors which can cause or increase the risk of high blood pressure. First of all it tends to rise naturally with increasing of age and also ethnicity can play a part in a person’s risk. More controllable factors that have an influence are:

  • Prehypertension
  • Complications during pregnancy
  • Unhealthy lifestyle habits like, smoking, drinking too much alcohol, lack of physical activity
  • High salt intake Being overweight or obese
  • Stress
  • Pharmaceutical drugs, like asthma medicines (corticosteroids), cold-relief products, birth control pills and some over the counter drugs
  • Micronutrient deficiencies

 

The best solution for blood pressure problems is prevention. There are several ways to prevent the blood pressure from rising, having a healthy lifestyle is one of the most important.

Habits that contribute to this healthy lifestyle are:

  • Following a healthy diet, like the DASH¹ eating plan.
  • Limit your salt intake to less than about 1 teaspoon a day and have a diet rich in fruits and vegetables and low in saturated fats.
  • Being physically active
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Don’t smoke and limit the consumption of alcohol
  • Managing your stress and learning to cope with stress

If a patient suffers from secondary hypertension, the disease that causes the high blood pressure will be the primary focus of treatment. Handling the cause, for instance kidney failure, may lead to the lowering or normalizing of the blood pressure.

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If prevention wasn’t successful it may be possible to control HBP by maintaining a healthy life style, but in traditional medicine the healthy lifestyle changes will mostly be combined with medicine (Diuretics, Beta-Blockers, ACE Inhibitors, Calcium Channel Blockers, Alpha Blockers etc.)

These drugs work by lowering the blood pressure, either by removing extra salt and fluids from the body, or by slowing down the heartbeat and relaxing and widening the blood vessels. Often the combination of two or more kinds of medicine work better than one.

Even though these medicines can lower the blood pressure, they simply control the problem but, lack the ability of solving it. These drugs won’t eradicate the cause of hypertension, so people will be taking these medicines for the rest of their lives.

Besides the money people will spend on medication, these drugs may also have side effects and can cause secondary health problems like, depression or edema, increased risk of hyperglycemia (high blood glucose), tinnitus (constant ringing or buzzing in the ears), kidney damage, and heart failure.

Implications of high blood pressure

Having a high blood pressure (HBP) means you’re at risk for damage to otherC-H-alternatives_-_cures_-_H-b-p3

organs, including:

Brain

Eyes

Heart

Kidneys

Arteries throughout the body

 

HBP also increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure.

Prehypertension is not a disease yet, but the risk of developing high blood pressure increases, unless one takes steps to prevent it. Usually there are no direct symptoms, but if the pressure is very high it can cause headaches, dizziness, fatigue and ringing in the ears.


Natural approaches / prevention

In traditional medicine most people are diagnosed with primary hypertension. It is also called essential or idiopathic hypertension and accounts for 95% of all cases of hypertension. Apart from some genetic information, the cause of essential hypertension is unknown, therefore, drugs are used to suppress symptoms, without solving the root problem.

The prescription medications are considered by most physicians as the only proven way to treat hypertension. However, there is scientific evidence suggesting that some supplements can help normalize blood pressure.

In cellular medicine on the other hand the focus lies on finding the cause of a disease.

Causes of Primary hypertensionDr. Rath’s Cellular Medicine has identified that most frequently the cause of hypertension is a chronic deficiency of specific cellular nutrients in the cells building the blood vessel walls.

A persistent spasm of the blood vessels and their inability to respond to a pulsatile blood flow may be the result of this systematic lack of vitamins and other nutrients. Eventually this can increase the blood pressure. Some nutrients are contributing to the production of nitric oxide (NO), which decreases vascular wall tension and keeps the pressure at a normal level.

Other nutrients are needed to maintain elasticity of the blood vessels and an optimum contraction and relaxation cycle of the muscle cells. Through the synergy between these nutrients the blood pressure will be kept within the normal range. Nutrients that contribute to maintaining a healthy pressure include:

  • the amino acid arginine
  • lysine
  • vitamin C
  • magnesium
  • calcium
  • potassium
  • coenzyme Q10 and others

 

Cellular Nutrients Tested Blood Pressure Lowered Reference
Vitamin C 5% – 10% McCarron
Coenzyme Q-10 10% – 15% Digiesi
Magnesium 10% – 15% Turlapaty and Widman
Arginine More than 10% Korbut

 

To maintain an optimum blood pressure, eliminating specific micronutrient deficiencies is the side-effects free approach and this is the approach we are focused on.

If you want be safe while reduce your intake of blood pressure medications, physician cooperation is crucial. Contact us for more information.

Researched synergy of specific micronutrients, including components of fruits and vegetables could gradually (month after month) be the main way to control B.P., especially with regard to essential hypertension.

This has also been confirmed by several clinical studies.

Clinical Study

A clinical study conducted at the Dr. Rath Research institute used a group of 15 subjects between the ages of 32-69 diagnosed with HBP. They took a daily dosage of cellular nutrients and kept taking the medicines prescribed by their doctors as well.

For a four-month period their blood pressure was measured at bi-weekly intervals. After 32 weeks the blood pressure of all the patients improved. The results were achieved without any side effects.

 

High blood pessure graph

 

This study proofs that the cellular nutrient program helped to get the blood pressure under control, without causing it to drop too low. The effects of over dosage, like decreased blood circulation and dizziness, caused by traditional drugs are also avoided.


Selected Studies in Hypertension

Bioflavonoids Effectively Inhibit Smooth Muscle Cell-Mediated Contraction of Collagen Matrix Induced by Angiotensin II

V. Ivanov, M.W. Roomi, T. Kalinovsky, A. Niedzwiecki, M. Rath
Matthias Rath Research Institute, 1260 Memorex Drive, Santa Clara, CA 95050
Published in: The Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology,- 2005, 46(5):570-6


PubMed

 

Mixture Of Natural Nutrients Reduces Collagen Matrix Contraction Driven By Aortic Smooth Muscle Cells

V. Ivanov, S. Ivanova, M.W. Roomi, A. Niedzwiecki, M. Rath
Matthias Rath Research Institute, 1260 Memorex Drive, Santa Clara, CA 95050
Presented at: International Academy of Cardiology, 12th World Heart Congress, New Trends in Research, Diagnosis, and Treatment Vancouver, B.C., Canada, July 16-19, 2005
Published in: The Journal of Heart Disease; vol 4(1): 99, Abstract #394

Impaired arterial smooth muscle contractility plays a leading role in the development of systemic hypertension. Structural changes, such as occlusive atherosclerotic plaque formation, and functional changes, such as hormonal disturbances, play roles in pathophysiological mechanisms of altered arterial contractility.

Accelerated gel contraction was accompanied by elevated secretion of MMPs into cell culture media. We found that purified polyphenols and catechins counteracted SMC-dependent collagen gel contraction; this gel relaxation effect was further enhanced by addition of ascorbic acid and amino acids lysine, arginine, cysteine and proline to green tea extract. A reduction in gel contraction correlated with decreased MMP expression. These results are significant as they indicated that nutrients can effectively counteract angiotensin-mediated excessive stimulation of arterial tissue contraction and have therapeutic potential in hypertension.


PubMed

 

Bioflavonoids Effectively Inhibit Smooth Muscle Cell-Mediated Contraction of Collagen Matrix Induced by Angiotensin II

V. Ivanov, S. Ivanova, M.W. Roomi, A. Niedzwiecki, M. Rath
Presented at: 5th Annual Conference of Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology
San Francisco, CA, May 6-8, 2004

Plant-derived bioflavonoids have been recognized to support arterial wall structural integrity and interfere with a variety of pro-atherosclerotic stimuli. This study examined the effect of various bioflavonoids on angiotensin II-stimulated contraction by human aortic smooth muscle cells (SMC) embedded in a three-dimensional collagen matrix. Bioflavonoid inhibition of SMC contraction was found to be dependent upon structural characteristics with EGCG and quercetin showing the greatest inhibition at 97% and 120%, respectively. These results are significant since they imply that plant derived bioflavonoids have a great potential in controlling hypertension by counteracting pathophysiological effects of angiotensin.


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