High Blood Pressure / Hypertension
Abnormally high blood pressure is known as hypertension and should be properly treated to avoid developing more serious complications such as coronary artery disease.
High blood pressure is an invisible disease, and many people are entirely unaware that they have it. Most people with high blood pressure have no symptoms. However, some may experience symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, or ringing in the ears.
High blood pressure is considered more dangerous than low blood pressure.
- Normal blood pressure is less than 120 over 80.
- Elevated blood pressure is 120 to 129 systolic and less than 80 diastolic.
- Stage 1 hypertension is between 130 and 139 systolic and 80 to 89 diastolic.
- Stage 2 hypertension is considered a systolic pressure of 140 to 159 and a diastolic pressure of 90 to 99.
If high blood pressure continues unchecked, it can contribute to serious conditions such as angina, heart attack, stroke, hemorrhage, or kidney issues.
Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States and strokes are the number five cause of death.3
Dr. Minkoff Talks About Inflammation & Hypertension
Causes of High Blood Pressure / Hypertension
Most cases of hypertension result from a combination of factors. Any of the following can cause high blood pressure:
- Chronic Inflammation
- Being overweight
- Drinking too much
- Eating too much salt
- Too little potassium, which balances sodium in the blood
- Insufficient exercise
- Hardening of the arteries
- Taking the contraceptive pill
- Drug use
- Hereditary factors
- Kidney disorders
- Sleep apnea
- Some pregnant women also may develop high blood pressure.
How We Treat High Blood Pressure Problems
At LifeWorks we believe that high blood pressure problems are largely caused by inflammatory issues.
The blood vessels are not relaxing or there is inflammation that is not allowing them to relax.
Because inflammatory issues are so closely related to immune system issues, and because over 80% of the immune system resides in the gut, one of the first things we look at is the patient’s digestive system and gut health.
We often find some non-optimum gut health issue with patients suffering from inflammatory conditions.
Everyone is Different
When you come to our office with blood pressure issues, we will conduct a functional evaluation to assess your overall health and get to the bottom of the underlying cause for your high blood pressure.
As a result, the doctor will create a program to address your particular blood pressure issues and their underlying causes.
For example, some patients may need to reboot their gut and receive ozone therapy to reverse blood pressure issues.
Others may have nutritional deficiencies, hormonal issues, or need to detox from heavy metals.
And yet others may need to lose some weight, quit smoking, or reduce their stress.
Treatment plans will vary depending on the individual.
Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally at LifeWorks
If you have high blood pressure that you’ve been putting off addressing, now’s the time to take action. High blood pressure is damaging to the arteries and your cardiovascular system.
We would love to work with you to help you lower your blood pressure with an all-natural, drug-free approach.
- American Heart Association News, (2018) More than 100 million Americans have high blood pressure, AHA says.
- American College of Cardiology, ACC News Story, (2017), New ACC/AHA High Blood Pressure Guidelines Lower Definition of Hypertension.
- American Heart Association News, (2018), More than 100 million Americans have high blood pressure, AHA says
- American Heart Association News, (2016), Low Blood Pressure – When Blood Pressure is Too Low.