High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
SYMPTOMS—Sometimes there are no symptoms; but, if they occur, they may include headache, difficulty in breathing, headaches, low energy, indisposition, blurred vision, weight gain, rapid pulse, or a feeling of dizziness. Most men suffer from impotency and/or quick ejaculation due to hypertension.
Hypertension is called the "silent killer" because it often reveals few symptoms.
What is High blood pressure? High blood pressure is the pressure of blood flowing through the arteries at a higher rate than it should be, and that pressure consistently remains higher.
A blood pressure gauge (sphygmomanometer) registers two readings: The first and higher one is the systolic; the second and lower one is the diastolic. The diastolic pressure occurs just before the heart beats, and is less important for determining blood pressure. But the systolic pressure reveals the pressure built up as the heart pumps blood out of the heart into the aorta (and thence through the arteries). High systolic pressure indicates that the cell walls are hardened and/or plaques are forming in the arteries, which are narrowing the passageways.
Average normal systolic blood pressure in an adult varies between 120 and 150 millimeters of mercury, and tends to increase with age. The arteries of older people tend to harden and thicken with age, and this produces the higher readings in later life.
The age, in relation to the figures, tells a lot: Systolic readings of 140-150 at 65 to 80 years of age may not be considered high;
but, occurring in a man of 30, it points to a definite problem which needs attention.
Normal blood pressure readings for adults vary from 110/70 to 140/90 while readings of 140/90 to 160/90 or 160/95 indicate borderline hypertension. Any reading over 180/115 is far too elevated.
Causes-- The hardening and clogging produces changes in the arteries, which produce hypertension, and are caused by emotional stress, pork, beef, overeating, and heredity. Tobacco is another cause of hypertension, as is the taking of oral contraceptives (the pill). Drinking coffee or tea, drug abuse, and high inorganic sodium intake are other causes. Certain type of pharmaceutical prescription drugs causes high blood pressure, especially STEROIDS! All kidney disease is accompanied by high blood pressure. Heavy snorers are more likely to have high blood pressure than silent sleepers.
Why are African-Americans more likely to have hypertension than White Americans?
I have noticed this statistic before I became a healer. As a black woman I was raised on the typical African-American diet. Pork chops, Ham, Bar-B-Q Ribs, Fried Chicken, Hot Wings smothered in hot sauce, Collard Greens with fat back (more pork), Mashed Potatoes with home made gravy (pork grease or the grease from the cooked meat of that day, onions, white flour, black pepper, iodized salt and water), with overcooked vegetables. Of course we would wash it down with RED KOOL-AID which was practically filled with 2 pounds of sugar. Oh! Let me not forget desert! Red Velvet Cake, Sweet Potato Pie, home made Pound Cake, and banana puddin’ just to name a few was always offered as finishers. Raw fruits and vegetables was not the normal meal offered to us on a daily bases. I also recall drinking more sodas (Pepsi and Dr Pepper) than drinking water. This is an example of what I ate on a daily basis.
If you were to calculate the sodium, fat, and chemicals we as blacks ate on a daily bases………….you too would see why we are more likely to have high blood pressure than whites. I know for a fact that if our people would eliminate pork completely out of their diet and replace all drinks with distilled water, they would lower their blood pressure dramatically.
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