High blood pressure is one of the leading health problems in the US. One in every three adults or 70 million people suffer from high blood pressure and only 50% of this percentage can control this issue. $45 billion a year are spent by the USA in the treatment of this ailment, including medications, health care services and missed working days.

Even 1000 people a day died by this disease in 2013.

What is High Blood Pressure?

High blood pressure is caused by elevated pressure of blood in our arteries. This situation occurs from 2 main factors, either together or independently:

  1. The arterioles (smaller blood vessels) become narrow. Then, the blood flow actually exerts more pressure against the vessels wall.
  2. Excess force is used by the heart to pump blood

The size and flexibility of the arteries can determine the pressure, with the help of the volume of pumped blood and the amount of force used.

Our human body can tolerate high blood pressure only for several months or years. It can injure the blood vessels in the eyes, brain, heart and kidneys.

Causes of HBP

The most common type of high blood pressure is primary hypertension. It actually happens when particular causes can’t be identified.

Secondary hypertension is created by medication and underlying medical condition. Blood pressure is difficult to control by these cases. This actually includes:

  • Birth control pills (oral contraceptives)
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs such as Aspirin, naproxen, ibuprofen
  • Endocrine issues
  • Birth defect in the aorta
  • Kidney issues
  • Diabetes type 1 and 2

Risk Factors

  • Chronic stress
  • Physical inactivity
  • Chronic alcohol use
  • Too little potassium and excess sodium in the body
  • Smoking
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Obesity
  • Family history
  • Women over 55 and men over 45 have an increased risk of HBP

The Harm in Pharmaceutical Treatment

There are numerous medications such as calcium channel blockers, Angiotensin-receptor blockers, angiotensin-converting enzyme, beta blockers and diuretics can make patients feel worse than illnesses itself.

Diuretics

Treatment: these medications can help you expel the excess of salt and water from the body. When blood pressure issues arise, they are often the first recommended medicine.

There are the 3 types of diuretics:

1. Loop diuretics: torsemide, furosemide, ethacrynic acid, bumetanide

2. Potassium spraing diuretics:  triamterene, amiloride and spironolactone

3. Thiazide diuretics: metolazone, bendroflumethiazide, indapamide, chlorothiazide, hydrochlorothiazide.

Complications:

–      Elevated uric acid levels, erectile dysfunctions and increased blood sugar levels can be caused by Thiazide diuretics.

–      The body’s supply of potassium can be diminished by thiazude and loop diuretics.

Side Effects:

  • Reduced sexual drive
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Irritability and depression
  • Fatigue
  • Beta Blockers

Treatment: these meds lower blood pressure and slow the heart rate

Brands: Bystolic (nebivolol ), Coreg (carvedilol), Visen (pindolol), Levatol (penbutolol), Blocarden (timolol), Corgard (nadolol), Cartrol (cartelol), Kerlone (betaxol), Lopressor (metoprolol), Tenormin (atenolol), Sectral (acebutolol), Inderal (propranolol).

Complications:

When the risk of diabetes is combined with a diuretic, it increases.

Blood pressure and heart rate can be increased by sudden withdrawals which can cause heart attack or angina.

Side Effects:

  • Reduced sexual drive
  • Coldness in extremities
  • Reduced exercising abilities
  • Lightheadedness and dizziness
  • Memory loss
  • Depression
  • Nightmares and vivid dreams
  • Lethargy and fatigue
  • ACE Angiotensin-converting enzyme

Treatment: these inhibitors decrease the overall workload of the heart and widen the blood vessels

Brands: Zetrill, Prinivil (lisinopril), Altace (rampiril), Lotensin (benazaperil), Aceon (perindopril), Vasotec (enalapril), Accurpill (uinapril), Capoten (capotopril).

Side Effects:

  • Unfit for pregnancy
  • Irritating cough
  • Low blood pressure
  • ARBS – Angiotensin-receptor blockers

Treatment: these blockers lower blood pressure and widen blood vessels

Meds Brands: Edarbi (azilsartan), Avapro (irbesartan), Teveten (eprosartan), Diovan (valsartan), Benicar (olmesartan), Micardis (telmisartan), Atacand (cadesartan).

Side Effects:

  • Unit for pregnancy
  • Nasal congestion
  • Drowsiness
  • Raised potassium levels
  • Lightheadedness and dizziness
  • Low blood pressure

How To Treat High Blood Pressure Naturally With These Herbs

Hibiscus

According to the latest study which included participants aged 30 to 65 this herb significantly improves inflammation, blood pressure and also prevents cardiovascular diseases.

Mistletoe

Mistletoe treats cardiovascular issues and neutralizes blood sugar levels in patients with diabetes. It also soothes rheumatic and arthritic pain.

Yarrow

Yarrow is a very popular folk remedy and it increases saliva and stomach acid to improve digestion. It also relaxes muscles in the intestines. It has been found to slower blood pressure and strengthen the effects of pharmaceutical drugs.

Lime Blossom

The presence of strong mucilage component, volatile oil and flavonoids reduce and soothe inflammation. It is powerful astringent and has sedative, diuretic and antispasmodic properties.

Hawthorn

This herb is rich in antioxidants that protect the vessels from damage, improve blood flow and dilate blood vessels. Hawthorn significantly lowers blood vessels.

Tea for Heart Health

These powerful herbs are extremely effective in aiding healthy blood pressure. They increase the overall size of the cardiovascular structure and dilate the peripheral blood vessels. Some of them also normalize the activity of the heart and help the kidneys pass more water.

Here is how to prepare your yarrow, mistletoe, lime and hawthorn tea:

–      1 part mistletoe

–      2 parts yarrow

–      2 parts lime blossom

–      2 parts hawthorn

Drink this tea 3 times a day!

Source: Home Healthy Recipes