Hypertension is an elevation of blood pressure suffered by more than 50 million Americans. Most often, hypertension is diagnosed during a routine physical exam. It presents no distinguishing signs or symptoms unless the condition is very advanced, in which case headache, dizziness, and blurred vision can occur.
Normal blood pressure is a range: 100–140 over 60–90. Systolic pressure is the first number and relates to the pump pressure that the heart muscle creates to push blood into the arteries. Diastolic pressure is the second number and is the pressure that the arteries maintain when the heart is relaxed, between heartbeats, to keep the arteries open.
Hypertension is either primary or secondary. Primary hypertension is said to have no single cause and occurs in 90 percent of all hypertensive patients. Secondary hypertension is due to another disease. Causes of primary hypertension include high cholesterol, family history, obesity, diet, smoking, stress, and excessive table salt intake—but one major cause that is overlooked is magnesium deficiency.
The necessity to keep blood pressure as low as possible may be another myth of modern medicine, just like cholesterol. In the past decade the so-called normal value for high blood pressure has been lowered to the point that a majority of Americans fall into what’s now called a prehypertensive category. When people are told they are prehypertensive, they don’t hear the “pre-” part; they just hear “hypertersive,” and it scares them—sometimes enough to elevate their blood pressure. This is known as “white-coat syndrome.”
White-coat syndrome has your heart beating faster and your blood pressure rising when anyone in a white coat comes at you wielding a blood pressure cuff. Your blood pressure automatically rises in a fight-or-flight reaction be- cause you are afraid your doctor will tell you that your blood pressure is elevated. Blood pressure that is normal at home but high in the doctor’s office is white-coat syndrome, not hypertension. It’s not a life-threatening medical condition that needs to be treated; it’s a normal reaction to acute stress. It’s another iatrogenic (doctor-induced) condition that often results in your taking medications unnecessarily.
Certainly high blood pressure is to be avoided, but these new values for normal blood pressure make it appear that almost everyone is susceptible to high blood pressure and should be on drugs. With the elderly and their slightly rigid blood vessels, a somewhat elevated blood pressure may be necessary to keep blood pumping to their head and extremities— and attempting to achieve a lower blood pressure in such individuals may cause dizziness and falls, resulting in dangerous fractures that could otherwise be prevented. A much more expedient solution is weight loss, exercise, stress reduction, and supplementing with magnesium to treat and prevent hypertension.
As we recommend magnesium be incorporated into any hypertension program we also recognize that some people need drugs; those who have severe symptoms. But many individuals can successfully incorporate consistent, responsible magnesium supplementation into their daily health routine will benefit the body in a multitude of ways and simultaneously lower blood pressure!
Tonight on Dr. Carolyn Dean LIVE we’ll be talking with Dr. Carolyn Dean about Healthy Solution for Hypertension along with a wide range of health topics and safe solutions. You will love hearing the beneficial interactions with callers and hosts alike including the body/mind connection, identifying the ‘conflict’ in the ‘conflict basis’ of disease and much more!!