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High Blood Pressure

Western Diagnosis

High blood pressure or hypertension, is the result of abnormally high pressure being applied to the walls of the blood vessels by the blood.

Elevated blood pressure causes the heart to work harder to pump adequate levels of blood to all the tissues of the body and can ultimately lead to kidney failure, heart failure and stroke.

Blood pressure is generally divided into two categories: primary and secondary. Primary hypertension is high blood pressure that has not been caused by an underlying disease. The risk factors for primary hypertension include: cigarette smoking, drug abuse, excessive use of stimulants such as coffee or tea, high sodium intake, obesity, and the use of oral contraceptives.

Secondary hypertension is the result of of another underlying health problem, such as hormonal abnormality or an inherited narrowing of the aorta. A person may have secondary hypertension because the blood vessels are chronically constricted or have lost elasticity from a buildup of fatty plaque on the inside walls of the vessel, a condition known as atherosclerosis. Arteriosclerosis and atherosclerosis are early indicators of hypertension because the narrowing/hardening of the arteries makes blood circulation difficult.

Often, high blood pressure causes no symptoms until complications develop, giving it the name of "the silent killer".

In advanced hypertension, the warning signs may include dizziness, headaches, rapid pulse, shortness of breath, sweating and vision problems.

Eastern Diagnosis

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, hypertension is the result of stagnant liver qi or kidney yin deficiency attributable to fatigue or aging.

Kidney yin deficiency depletes body fluids and impairs nourishment of the liver, resulting in excess liver yang. In addition, overconsumption of greasy or sweet foods or of alcoholic beverages can result in an accumulation of turbid phlegm.

Any of the above noted can aggravate the others, creating an imbalance of yin and yang.


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