High blood pressure may start early in life and develop undetected for decades until it shows itself in unpleasant symptoms of many other connected health conditions. Unfortunately, the most common consequence of hypertension is the heart disease. Recent studies show that problems with cardiovascular system may start at much lower blood pressure levels than trusted before. That is why the new classification is developed – pre hypertension level stands for readings between 120/80 and 139/89, and it denotes a range of increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Patients with pre-hypertension should undertake a series of lifestyle modifications to lower their blood pressure levels.
Blood pressure is the pressure carried on by circulating blood upon the walls of blood vessels. It is measured in two numbers - systolic and diastolic pressure. Systolic pressure is the pressure of blood against the artery walls while diastolic pressure is the pressure when the heart is resting between beats. Blood pressure readings over 140/90 are in the realm of hypertension.
Hypertension divides in essential and secondary. Essential hypertension has no known cause, yet is generally considered it results of bad living habits: sedentary life, obesity, smoking and alcohol use. It may also be inherited.
Treatment of pre-hypertension and hypertension in young adults usually considers a combination of homeopathic methods and serious lifestyle moderations. Homeopathic remedies incline treating the whole patient and not only the symptoms of the condition. Nux Vomica is often used as a herbal remedy for essential hypertension caused by the faulty living habits. Natrum Mur, on the other hand, helps in cases where high blood pressure results from an excessive use of salt. Ignatia and Kali Phos may help in the cases where mental stress triggers high blood pressure levels.
Lifestyle modifications may help those in pre-hypertension stage as well as those who already suffer from hypertension. Many experts will not recommend young people to take blood pressure lowering medications, but as an alternative will suggest that they get their weight down, adopt a healthy lifestyle and do regular aerobic exercise.
Diet should consider reduced salt intake, more whole grains, beans, fruits, and vegetables and low fat milk products. Saturated fats should be avoided as well as alcohol and smoking.
Stress should be eliminated to the highest possible level. Relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga, walks or dancing are welcome. Some homoeopathic remedies for stress reduction are also available.
Regular exercise is essential for maintaining advised blood pressure levels. Being overweight makes hearth pump harder and that results in higher blood pressure levels.