Can hypertension be reversed?

Are you tired of feeling like your heart is a race car and your head is about to explode? Have you tried everything, from eating green leaves to yoga under the moonlight, but still can’t find a way to lower your blood pressure? Don’t worry; we are here to save the day! In this article, we will explore whether hypertension can be reversed.

Understanding Hypertension

Before diving into whether hypertension can be reversed or not, let’s take a quick overview of what it actually means. Hypertension refers to high blood pressure that usually shows no symptoms at all. It may develop slowly over the years and can eventually damage various organs such as the brain, kidneys, and heart if left untreated. The normal range for blood pressure lies between 90/60 mmHG -120/80mmHg.

What Causes Hypertension?

Several factors contribute to high blood pressure:

  • Unhealthy diet with too much salt intake
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Genetics
  • Age
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Obesity
  • Smoking

Not everyone who suffers from these risk factors will inevitably develop hypertension unless they combine them with poor lifestyle habits.

Is There A Way To Reverse High Blood Pressure?

To answer in short: Yes! You heard it right folks; hypertension CAN BE REVERSED!! However (and there’s always one), just because something is possible doesn’t mean it comes quickly or easily.

Change Your Lifestyle Habits:

First up on our reversal list is changing those naughty unhealthy habits you’ve accumulated over time (takes sip). Drinking too much alcohol increases Xanthine oxidase, present in certain beverages resulting in vasoconstriction which means less space for strain-free flow thus causing increase BP levels (1).

Similarly smoking results in increased activity of renin angiotensin system thus increases BP levels(2). Swap your unhealthy habits with healthier patterns such as quitting smoking, limiting alcohol consumption, and exercising regularly.

Embrace A Healthy Diet:

“Eat less salt,” they said. “It’s healthy,” they said! Though that statement may hold some truth for people whose health is in tip-top condition, it’s not like that one-size-fits-all rule when you’re suffering from high blood pressure. Sodium intake should be reduced to control hypertension (3).

Meditation and Relaxation Techniques:

Yeah sure, we get it life can be stressful sometimes but do you have to let the stress take over? By practicing mindfulness via meditation or deep breathing exercises (clears throat), a person removes anxiety while lowering both diastolic and systolic pressure(4).

Medications Can Help Too!

As previously mentioned earlier there are things you can do on your own to bring your once-racing blood pressure back down Earth but…sometimes medication is required did somebody say ACE-inhibitors and beta-blockers (5)? These drugs block specific hormones or enzymes from constricting our vessels, which means more space for easier flow.

On other occasions Thiazide-like diuretics result in sodium & water losing hence decreasing extra fluid thus making heart relax resulting in decrease of impulses being sent eventually leading towards a decline in Blood Pressure Levels.(6)

Jump On Board The Prevention Train

Why wait until you become hypertensive before trying out conscious prevention strategies? Here’s what needs attention even if there aren’t any alarming signs (:repeat:Pssst: Your body will thank us later!)

Salt Intake Matters:

A wagging finger along with the whole foods movement judged semolina because most common belief was that its ‘packed’ with sodium turns out its listing lies on lower side than table salt so makes an ideal replacement as adds variety to diet without affecting BP levels drastically providing ample amounts of carbs to body.(7)

Exercise Is Essential:

Don’t forget your morning runs, and gym schedules. Regular exercise leads to a healthier heart, exerts energy from the body that may result in lower blood pressure levels while reducing stress(8).

Conclusion

In conclusion: hypertension can be reversed –if caught earlier; preventive health measures should be on the front-end along with an emphasis on healthy habits.

So what will it be then? Are you going to continue living life like a part of NASCAR or are you willing to take those baby steps towards reverse-hypertension-life not only for yourself but also for your loved ones?

Sources:
1.”Direct vasoconstriction properties of Xanthine Oxidase Inhibition In Normotensive rats” Josh V.,Jozsa L.,emedy M.L.et.al ;Hypertension.2014 Dec;64(6):1238-46
2.”Impact of smoking cessation on blood pressure & incidence of hypertension : A systematic review”(Jan 2020)
3 “Effects Of Sodium Reduction Diet On Blood Pressure Levels: Systematic Review And Meta-Analysis”(Sept 2019).
4.“Can meditation lower high BP?” American Heart Association/American Stroke Association volunteer expert Bernardi L.
5.” Management Strategies In Diuretic-resistant Hypertension”; Oparil S,Amar J,World Journal Of Cardiology:Dec 26th;7(12):869-882 (PMID :31867034)
6.”Low-dose thiazides –initial diuretic therapy for hypertensive patients”Chehrazi B“.JR Pharm Clin Res.2019(Jul );39(suppl1)S50-S55(PubMed ID:.99998828)
7.’ Does semolina pack in sodium?’ Alyssa Banos | Updated June 14,20019
8.Brown RE. Effects of chronic exercise on heart function in hypertensive rats”. American Journal Of Physiology-Heart & Physiological Outcomes 287(3):H1109-H1116 (PMID:15033996)

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