Blood Pressure is the force exerted on the walls of arteries as the heart pumps blood around the body. Systolic – upper number is strongest force pushing blood through the arteries. Diastolic - lower number when heart rests and pulls blood back through the veins. Clean arteries, free from deposits, provide no additional resistance to the heart pumping and blood pressure will be ‘normal’. If the arteries become narrowed - for whatever reason, the heart will have to pump harder to force the blood through the narrowed tubes.
PRIME CAUSES OF HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
Blood pressure problems are largely associated with diet, stress, poor breathing problems and other diseases. The ‘wrong’ foods can cause deposits to form on the insides of the arteries. Stress and poor breathing patterns - including breathing related sleep disorders - can cause the smooth muscle bands in the arterial walls to contract, narrowing the diameter of the tubes increasing resistance resulting in higher pressures.
THERE ARE MANY FORMS OF STRESS – Three main categories:
1. What we’re doing - functional stress
- the way we sit, stand, walk, talk, sleep, whether we’re in pain ,overweight, or sedentary.
2. What we’re eating - ingestional stress
- what we put into our bodies in the way we eat, drink, rub on our skin and hair, and what we inhale, sniff or absorb from our ever deteriorating environment.
3. What’s eating us - emotional stress
- the way we choose to react and respond to what is going on in our lives. Stress is not a ‘thing’, it doesn’t hang around in a cloud waiting to descend on us. Stress is a response over which we have total control - whether we believe it or not.
BLOOD PRESSURE ABNORMALITIES ARE NOT ALWAYS SYMPTOMATIC
High or low blood pressure can come as a surprise because it is not painful. It needs to be checked so the heart does not have to work any harder than it should causing ultimate weakness. High blood pressure also damages arteries due to stress on the vessel walls.
REGULAR BLOOD PRESSURE CHECKS ARE IMPORTANT IN MAINTAINING OPTIMAL HEALTH
By monitoring your blood pressure on a regular basis you will see a pattern. Changes in that pattern would be a good warning to have it professionally checked. Take your blood pressure 2-3 times per day with an automated blood pressure recording instrument. Take one measurement in the morning, sitting calmly in bed, and one or two other recordings at various times throughout the day. Use a Blood Pressure Record to keep track of the numbers and share them with your physician