Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a dangerous condition which occurs when the force of the blood is too high for your blood vessels to hold. According to statistics, the disease affects 70 million Americans, which accounts for every 1 out of 3 adults. Hypertension is not a simple problem – if left untreated on time, it raises the risk of fatal cardiovascular diseases.
People with high blood pressure often experience no symptoms at all, which is why the majority of sufferers are not aware of the condition. There are many medications that can help against high blood pressure, but they are a temporary solution which doesn’t treat the underlying cause. Many experts claim that the best way of resolving the problem is leading a healthy lifestyle and eating a healthy diet, and we must agree with that view.
Annually, the USA spends $46 billion on the treatment of hypertension. The standard treatment includes diuretics, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitor drugs and reducing the amount of salt in the diet. These treatments are sometimes effective, but they usually come with a host of adverse side-effects and rarely treat the underlying problem.
The measurement of blood pressure shows two values – systolic and diastolic pressure. Here are the ranges of blood pressure:
Normal: Lower than 120/80
Stage 1 high blood pressure: 140–159/90–99
Stage 2 high blood pressure: 160 and above/100 and above