Hypertension, or high blood pressure, affects about one-third of the adult population in the U.S. (70 million Americans). Additionally, about the same number of people have prehypertension. And yet, 1 in 5 of those adults don’t know they have the condition, as there are no suggestive symptoms. Luckily, there are ways to treat the condition with a drug-free approach. All it takes is a visit to our Jonesboro Chiropractors.
Understanding Blood Pressure and Hypertension
Every time your heart beats, it pumps blood into the arteries throughout your body. Your blood pressure is the amount of force the blood has when it pushes the walls of your arteries when pumped. There are two numbers in a blood pressure reading; systolic, the top number that’s a measurement of the pressure within the arteries when the heart beats, and diastolic, which is the bottom number that measures the pressure inside the arteries between those heartbeats.
A normal reading is 120/80 and lower. Prehypertension is 120-139/80-89, hypertension stage 1 is 140-159/90-99, hypertension stage 2 is 160/100 or higher, and a hypertension crisis – where emergency care is necessary – is 180/110 or higher.
Risks of Hypertension
While no symptoms might lower the level of seriousness people view hypertension as, the condition is not only very common but dangerous and even potentially fatal. In fact, high blood pressure served as the primary or contributing cause of over 360,000 U.S. deaths in 2013, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Broken down, that’s almost 1,000 deaths every day.
Here is a list of other risks that come with high blood pressure:
- First heart attack: High blood pressure was found in 70 percent of adults who had their first heart attack
- First Stroke: About 80 percent of these victims had high blood pressure
- Chronic heart failure: 70 percent had hypertension
- Kidney failure: Hypertension is the second-leading cause of kidney failure
Jonesboro Chiropractic Treatment of High Blood Pressure
Hypertension is simple and easy to diagnose and there are quite a few courses of treatment for people. Medication is prescribed often, but high blood pressure can be successfully lowered using alternative options. Losing weight, exercising, eating well, lowering sodium intake, limiting alcohol consumption, not smoking, cutting down on caffeine and reducing stress are all positive, lifestyle changes that can work effectively.
The Journal of Human Hypertension published a 2007 study that showed a massive decrease in blood pressure after a chiropractic adjustment to the Atlas vertebra. There were 50 people studied in this report, and the improvement of their blood pressure continued into the eighth week after they received the adjustment.
Our Jonesboro Chiropractors can help with your high blood pressure. Don’t wait and call to make an appointment at (404) 602-0387.