6 Blood Pressure Myths
Hello. It’s Matt, Senior Nutritionist for Healthy Habits.
Did you know that roughly 1 in 3 American adults has high blood pressure? Yet only about half of these people have it under control, and the statistic is due in part to some common misconceptions.
Myth #1 – All Blood-Pressure Reading Devices Are Accurate
Fact: The automated blood-pressure machines found in pharmacies and medical offices are convenient, but they’re not as precise as the manual, mercury gravity sphygmomanometers used by doctors.
It’s common for automated office blood-pressure machines to give readings that are off by several points. The old-fashioned monitors tend to give more precise measurements, since doctors use a stethoscope to listen to the sound of blood flowing.
To get an accurate blood-pressure reading, the patient should have rested in a seated position for at least five minutes, and his/her arm should be supported on a table or held by the person giving the test.
Important: Both types of monitors can give a skewed reading due to “white-coat hypertension”—higher readings resulting from anxious feelings during a doctor’s visit.
You can also get accurate blood-pressure readings at home as long as you use an automatic, cuff-style monitor that properly fits over your upper arm (not over your wrist or finger) and follow the instructions. I recommend Omron blood-pressure monitors, which you can get on Amazon for about $30 and up. Check them out here: http://amzn.to/28LV9Q6.
Myth # 2 – Checking Your Blood Pressure Now and Then Is Fine
Fact: Checking your blood pressure every few days or just once a week is fine for maintaining good blood pressure readings but not for achieving good control in the beginning.
New approach: 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM). It’s done routinely in the UK but is still a novelty in the U.S. That’s likely to change because studies show that it’s the most effective way to measure blood pressure.
With ABPM, patients wear a device (usually around the waist) that controls a blood-pressure cuff that measures brachial pressure (inside the arm at the elbow crease). ABPM, which takes readings every 15 to 60 minutes over a 24-hour period, allows your doctor to choose medications and doses more precisely. The test costs $100 to $350, but it is usually covered by insurance with proper diagnostic coding (such as labile, or “episodic,” hypertension or resistant hypertension).
My advice: Have the test once when diagnosed with hypertension, and repeat it once or twice a year to see how treatment is working.
Myth # 3 – It’s Okay to Take Blood Pressure Medication at Your Convenience
Fact: Blood pressure normally drops 10% to 20% during sleep. But about 25% of blood-pressure patients known as "non-dippers" don’t experience this nighttime drop. Their blood pressure is always elevated, and they need to time their medications accordingly.
If a 24-hour test shows that you’re a non-dipper, your doctor will probably advise you to take medications at night. Taking medications at night (around 9 p.m.) can reduce the risk for cardiovascular events like heart attack by 61% compared with taking them in the morning. Nighttime medications can also help lower the surge in blood pressure that occurs in the morning.
Myth # 4 – Sodium Isn’t a Big Deal for Everyone
Fact: Excessive salt causes vascular damage even in people without hypertension, and it increases the risk that you’ll eventually develop high blood pressure. For people who are salt-sensitive, even small amounts of sodium can cause a rapid rise in blood pressure. But don’t assume that you’re safe just because your blood pressure doesn’t seem to rise when you consume sodium.
The recommended daily limit for sodium is 1,500 mg for adults age 51 and over. People who are salt-sensitive should consume even less. People who cut back on salt usually see a drop in systolic blood pressure (the top number) of 6 to 7 points and a drop in diastolic pressure (the bottom number) of 3 to 4 points. Also: Don’t assume that sea salt is safe. It has only slightly less sodium chloride than table salt.
Myth # 5 – Food Won’t Help Your Blood Pressure
Fact: Foods rich in potassium can reduce blood pressure. Try to get at least 2 ½ times more potassium than sodium in your diet. This ratio blocks sodium’s negative effects. Good high-potassium foods: A medium-sized potato with skin has 926 mg of potassium, and a medium-sized banana has 422 mg.
Myth #6 - You Need Drugs to Control Blood Pressure
Fact: You don’t. If your blood pressure is 140/90 or higher, your doctor will probably prescribe one or more medications, but certain nutritional supplements can help boost the effectiveness of those drugs and, in some instances, replace them. One study found that 62% of patients who used the DASH 2 diet, exercised lost weight and took specific supplements for six months were able to reduce or stop their use of blood-pressure medications.
My advice: Discuss supplements as an alternative or complementary treatment with your doctor. Some recommendations:
Ceylon Cinnamon (a.k.a. “true cinnamon”) has been shown to have the most significant effect on reducing both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Suggested dosage is 2,000 mg daily.
Magnesium (recommended in Magnesium Malate form) is used in the production of prostaglandin E1, a powerful vasodilator, which means it improves circulation. Suggested dosage is 64 mg daily.
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) reduces blood pressure by an average of 15/10 points. About half of people who take it can eventually discontinue blood-pressure medications. Typical dose: 120 mg to 225 mg daily.
Taurine, an amino acid, can lower blood pressure by 9/4.1 points. Typical dose: 2 to 3 grams daily. Larger doses may be needed in some cases.
Lycopene is an antioxidant in tomatoes, grapefruit and other fruits. It reduces blood pressure, blood fats and inflammatory markers such as C-reactive protein. Consider taking this supplement if you don’t eat a lot of lycopene-rich foods. Typical dose: 10 mg to 20 mg daily.
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Hello. This is Dr. Ben, Chief Medical Advisor here at Healthy Habits Products, pointing out something important that you may not realize about the toxins in your body.
Most people believe that having a healthy heart is either a matter of good genetics ("he’s just lucky") or a strict diet ("I just have to give up salt").
The truth is, genetics and food choices are NOT the root cause of your struggle to rid your body of the risk of heart disease and a potential heart attack or stroke, no matter how hard you try. Your high blood pressure, bad cholesterol and high blood sugar have little to do with bad genes or ANY of the most common things believed to cause heart disease.
Your struggle to protect and even heal your heart comes down to 3 little-known factors that your doctor might not even know about!
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But before I do, however, it’s extremely important to understand the three critical things that must take place to STOP the potential of heart disease, including the possibility of a heart attack or stroke:
Sugar is necessary for survival. Blood sugar (or, blood glucose) refers to sugar that’s introduced into the bloodstream to supply needed energy to all the cells in the body. Our bodies are made to regulate those levels, making sure they’re neither too high nor too low.
Unfortunately, sugar is made from the food we eat. Our digestive system breaks down carbs from food and sends them straight to our bloodstream as glucose, a simple sugar that converts to energy. However, glucose can only enter the cells via insulin.
Unbalanced insulin levels result in either type 1 diabetes (also known as insulin sensitivity, or too low levels) or type 2 diabetes (too high levels).
This means, the higher your insulin levels, the higher your chance of diabetic cardiomyopathy (DCM), a disease that literally damages the structure and function of your heart.
Insulin doesn’t care whether your blood sugar is at a healthy level. Its only concern is that you do not starve and have the ability to produce energy for your body to burn.
The big, ugly problem: Unless you do something to “short-circuit” this biological need to feed your cells, you’ll never have the heart health you want and deserve.
It begins with maintaining your insulin levels, because modern living—along with diets full of refined sugars and other challenges—have made it so most of us are nearly insulin-unbalanced all the time. This not only makes eating right nearly impossible, it also makes choosing when and how often to eat MUCH harder.
Think about the last time you were ravenously hungry? You began to feel weak and dizzy, right? You began to feel yourself shutting down—and that’s exactly what insulin issues can do.
Whether you’ve heard of “bad” cholesterol (LDL) or “good” cholesterol (HDL), I assure you. They’re having a MASSIVE effect on the health of your blood.
LDL cholesterol is considered bad because it creates plaque, a thick, hard deposit that can clog arteries, making them less flexible. (This is known as atherosclerosis.) Eventually, a clot can form, blocking a narrowed artery, often resulting in heart attack or stroke. Another condition called peripheral artery disease can develop when plaque buildup and narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to the limbs (usually the legs). Either scenario often results in death or life-altering consequences.
HDL cholesterol is considered good because it aids in removing LDL cholesterol from the arteries. Scientists believe HDL acts as a scavenger, carrying LDL cholesterol away from the arteries and safely back to the liver, where it’s broken down and passed from the body.
A healthy level of HDL cholesterol will protect against heart attack and stroke, while low levels of HDL cholesterol have been shown to increase the risk of heart disease.
Without properly balanced cholesterol and blood-sugar levels, your heart valves become restricted with plaque buildup, and that leads to a damaged and unhealthy heart. All this combined begins to affect other parts of your body and internal organs because they are starved of needed oxygen and blood that is pumped to them by your heart. After years of unhealthy eating, unbalanced cholesterol and blood-sugar levels all over the place, your overall heart health begins to deteriorate. In worse cases, not protecting your heart health can lead to major damage resulting in the need for heart surgery or a heart transplant. In the worst case, deteriorated hearth health can lead to death.
And it gets worse with each passing year, not only making it harder to avoid heart disease but actually causing you to GET A HEART ATTACK OR STROKE—no matter how hard you try to avoid it.
Your stress levels increase. The number you see on the blood-pressure monitor goes up and perhaps worst of all, you begin to live your life in complete fear and feel like your heart is a bomb waiting to go off.
This vicious cycle not only accelerates with each passing year, it begins to compromise other parts of your health. Your sleep quality drops. Your stress begins to affect those around you. You stay away from strenuous activities including all exercise, and those things accelerate the cycle yet again.
Each time, the cycle speeds up, which is why heart disease is often so accelerated later in life.
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