The Dangers Of High Blood Pressure

The Dangers Of High Blood Pressure, The Dangers Of High Blood Pressure, Dr. Nicolle

Hello. This is Hypertension Prevention Tuesdays! Today, we’ll talk about the dangers of high blood pressure. High blood pressure is a condition in a person in which the intensity of the streaming blood is more than normal in the arteries and blood vessels. There are several causes of this condition, and the symptoms of high blood pressure are not physically noticeable or clear unless a person goes for a check-up. High blood pressure is also known as the silent killer because of the subtlety of its symptoms and the years that it takes for this condition to become clear for many people.


Implications Of High Blood Pressure

There are several things that are affected by having high blood pressure. One of the first things affected by having this condition is the size of a person’s heart. Since high blood pressure means that the heart is working overtime to pump the blood to and from it, the heart tends to grow bigger than normal size. While it may seem ideal to have a larger heart, it also means that the tissues are expanded beyond what they are capable of. Eventually, the heart will wear out faster than a normal-sized heart due to the double effort it makes to meet the demands of the body of a person with high blood pressure.


The arteries and other passages where blood passes through also suffer from high blood pressure. This condition speeds up the hardening of the arteries due to atherosclerosis and overexertion to bring the blood to the body parts. Hardened arteries and passages will be unable to keep up a steady flow of blood to vital organs which can lead to a stroke, heart attack and kidney failure, among other things. People with high blood pressure run a high risk of a fatality more than those with normal blood pressure.

The Dangers Of High Blood Pressure, The Dangers Of High Blood Pressure, Dr. Nicolle


The best way to treat high blood pressure is to adopt a healthy lifestyle, but some people will also need the aide of medications. Limiting or eliminating salty, fatty, and greasy foods in one’s diet is one thing that needs to be done since these contribute to deposits in the arteries which make them narrower, thus reducing the passage for the blood and increasing the need for the heart to pump more. Stopping smoking can also help to control high blood pressure, as well as the reduction of alcohol consumption. Avoiding warm or hot places is also helpful for those with high blood pressure since a warm place can accelerate the heart’s work due to the need to cool the body down. Staying too long in a hot tub or a heated pool can also be dangerous for a person with high blood pressure.


Take Your Medicine

If you take medicine to treat high blood pressure or other health conditions, follow your doctor’s or health care professional’s instructions carefully. Always ask questions if you do not understand something, and never stop taking your medicine without talking to your doctor or pharmacist first. Stopping your blood pressure medicine without first talking to your health care team could lead to serious health consequences.


Manage Diabetes

Most people with diabetes—about 6 out of 10—also have high blood pressure.1 If your health care professional thinks you have symptoms of diabetes, he or she may recommend that you get tested.


If you have diabetes, monitor your blood glucose (also called blood sugar) levels carefully and talk with your health care team about treatment options. Your doctor or health care professional may recommend certain lifestyle changes to help keep your blood glucose levels under good control. Those actions will also help reduce your risk for high blood pressure.


Make Lifestyle Changes

If you have high blood pressure, you can help lower it by being physically active, eating a healthy diet, and making other lifestyle changes.


Talk with Your Health Care Team

You and your health care team can work together to prevent or treat the medical conditions that lead to high blood pressure. Discuss your treatment plan regularly and bring a list of questions to your appointments.

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The Dangers Of High Blood Pressure, The Dangers Of High Blood Pressure, Dr. Nicolle


I’m excited to talk about this topic today because not only do I truly believe that you have the power to reverse heart disease and lower high blood pressure to improve your health, but the science also agrees! You can adopt healthy lifestyle practices that improve your health and enrich your life, which can in turn improve the lives of those close to you. You have the power to break the cycle of these chronic diseases so that you can leave a legacy of health to your loved ones.


As you may already know, I use lifestyle medicine as the first line of treatment, before medications, to treat lifestyle-related chronic diseases. Lifestyle-related chronic diseases include diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and some cancers, just to name a few. Lifestyle practices, such as eating a whole-food plant-based diet and regular physical activity, can help you improve blood pressure and reverse heart disease. In certain cases, these approaches may even outperform pharmaceutical therapy. But I always tell my patients that conventional medications may be appropriate at this time to prevent catastrophic illness, but over time, you can work to make the necessary lifestyle changes to possibly reduce and/or eliminate medications. Please remember to always consult your physician for your particular needs and circumstances prior to making any decisions whatsoever.


Tools to Improve Heart Health

Blood Pressure Monitoring

It’s very important to monitor your blood pressure. I often recommend an automatic upper arm blood pressure cuff, but a wrist blood pressure monitor is also acceptable.

The Dangers Of High Blood Pressure, The Dangers Of High Blood Pressure, Dr. Nicolle

Weight Monitoring

Since weight management is very important in blood pressure control, I recommend that you be mindful of your weight and its fluctuations, and that you monitor your weight AT LEAST on a weekly basis. I recommend a scale that includes a body composition monitor.


The Dangers Of High Blood Pressure, The Dangers Of High Blood Pressure, Dr. NicolleRemember, healthy lifestyle behaviors–like eating a whole-foods plant-based diet that is low in sodium, being physically active, and stress management are the best ways to prevent and control high blood pressure. Please talk with your doctor about any complementary health approaches, including supplements, you use.


Let me know what you think in the comment section below.


Stay healthy,


Dr. Nicolle


PS. I am always asked what tools and resources I recommend to help you reach YOUR health goals. Here is the ever-growing, always updated list for you.

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