Sunday, June 07, 2009

More Hypertension Notes.

Man, woman, adolescent, or child can have or get high blood pressure. Hypertension does seem to have some inheritable factors. It may run in families. Emotional stress may trigger hypertension. Kidney infection may lead to it.

Physical activity may not only mitigate high blood pressure, but may well reverse it. Blood pressure is significant lower in physically active men than it is in sedentary men. However, those who work more than 40 hours a week tend to have higher blood pressure than those who do not. Some sort of balance seems important.

It doesn't take a large rise in ones blood pressure to do one damage. An average pressure of 142/85 may give a 35 year old a death rate 150 percent above the average for his age.

Can it be the water? Some water, especially 'soft water' has more cadmium than other water. People with hypertension have been found to have higher concentrations of cadmium in their kidneys than do people with 'normal' blood pressure.
Is it a matter of obesity? People above their normal weight, who lose weight experience a fall in blood pressure toward healthy levels.
Is it stress? Are great unmet needs a source of stress? Great unmet needs are closely associated with hypertension. Is bottled up anger a source of stress. Bottled up anger is closely associated with hypertension.
Could it be over-conscientiousness? Certain tendencies to over conscientious may lead to high blood pressure.
Resentment? Resentment raises blood pressure.

Low blood pressure is good for us. How low is low enough? How low is too low? The best lowness for an individual depends on that individual. One can find some ball park figures. How about, say, 130/70 being low enough. If you pass out when you bend over to tie your shoes your pressure may well be too low.

I tend toward high blood pressure. The doctors haven't found enough kidney or liver damage or atherosclerosis to account for it. I find it wise to seek serenity and and a high level of appropriate physical activity for my life.

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