An underestimated risk to health
24th May, 20120 Comments
1 in 3 people are affected.
Responsible for 1 in 5 deaths in all men.
For 1 in 4 deaths in all women.
62% of all strokes.
49% of all heart disease.
16 million suffer in the UK alone.
50% don't even know they have it.
So what were your guesses? Cancer, maybe heart problems or something seemingly less sinister such as obesity? Well you would be wrong, the cause of the above alarming statistics...hypertension, otherwise known as high blood pressure. A morbid way to begin my writing I know but that is the seriousness of the issue. Most alarming to me is that 50% of people who suffer from the condition do not know they have it, this means, according to the statistics, with the two out of ten deaths in the men one of them wouldn't even know he was affected in the first place. The figures are made even more upsetting by the fact that there are measures that can be taken to control the effects of hypertension.
So exactly what is hypertension/high blood pressure ?
Blood pressure is the force needed to maintain the circulation of blood through your body. This force is measured in milligrams of mercury. Most adults will have seen a blood pressure reading at some point and more than likely been confused by it, it contains two numbers, the systolic and the diastolic. The systolic reading is the pressure of the heart during a beat and the diastolic reading is the pressure of the resting heart between beats. A reading consistently above 140 (systolic)/90 (diastolic) is classed as hypertension. The difference between the numbers, in this case, 50, is referred to as the pulse pressure and this is also vital to a healthy blood pressure.
The most important part of the reading depends upon your age, for under fifties it is the diastolic reading (resting), for fifty to fifty nine it is the systolic reading (beating) and for the over sixties it is the pulse pressure. It is possible to have hypertension without both the numbers being high, if either one of the systolic or diastolic is consistently high on its own this still carries risk, these are know as isolated systolic or isolated diastolic respectively.
Of all cases of hypertension only 5% actually have a known medical cause (secondary hypertension), 95% of cases do not have a known medical cause (primary hypertension) So what is done to treat hypertension? Well with the 5% of cases where the cause is medical measures can be taken to control the blood pressure. The other 95%, tablets! This is not because something can't be done, this is because doctors have not got time to sit with each individual and assess their needs and potential causes of hypertension.
So what do I do if I am diagnosed with hypertension?
Well it actually isn't that grim, despite the statistics. You should stick to your tablets until your doctor states otherwise but there are things you can do to naturally and safely reduce your blood pressure.
Hypnotension is the hypnotherapy answer to hypertension and works with proven techniques to lower the blood pressure safely and naturally within 4 - 12 sessions. A Hypnotension practitioner can dedicate valuable time to you as an individual and work with you to find the cause, or causes, in some cases. Once this has been established work can begin on reducing blood pressure. In some instances clients have been able to give up their medication (only with doctors consent).
Hypertension is bought about in many cases by the subconscious mind constantly being on red alert and ready to enter in to the fight or flight mode. This is where the body sends blood to the large muscle groups, empties the body of unnecessary substances I.e urine, stops digestion, releases adrenaline and other chemicals into the bloodstream and raises blood pressure whilst entering a mode that is designed to make us the most efficient we can be when deciding whether to fight or flee from an attacker. Unfortunately the subconscious mind sends us into this mode without there being a real danger to our safety, constantly being on red alert can have a detrimental impact on our health and cause stress, heart attacks and lower immune systems. There are many things that can play on our minds forcing us to be on this high state of red alert, these are referred to as 'x' factors.
Common 'x' factors for high blood pressure include: feeling of lack/loss of control, feeling burdened/responsible, unresolved feelings of anger, inner conflict (where we are torn between different decisions), feelings of guilt/self punishment, impatience, identification with others, fear of illness/death. As well as these psychological issues there are a number of things that aggravate high blood pressure, and, with the help of a Hypnotension practitioner can be controlled. Aggravating factors include: weight, drinking, too much salt, lack of exercise.
It is common for a client to be experiencing a mixture of 'x' factors and aggravators but with the right help these can be overcome.
So there you have it, hypertension can be controlled naturally and safely, if you have high blood pressure get in touch with a Hypnotension practitioner. Take control back in your life and move towards a happier more healthy future.
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