High blood pressure—also known as hypertension—is a condition that increases the risk for heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, coronary heart disease, and other serious health problems. Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the inside walls of arteries. The harder your heart pumps and the narrower your arteries are, the higher your blood pressure rises. Over time, the wear and tear caused by untreated high blood pressure can damage your blood vessels and vital organs.
High Blood Pressure/Hypertension
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If high blood pressure goes untreated, it can result in serious, life threatening complications. Treatment and lifestyle changes can help decrease the likelihood of these complications.
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You may find that including certain herbs in your diet helps with your high blood pressure. Here are eight herbs you can consider trying out (with your doctor's permission).
Most people diagnosed with high blood pressure take some kind of medication to control their condition. Learn the basics about the most widely used medications for this condition.
Certain herbs, supplements, and relaxation practices may help with high blood pressure treatment. See whether complementary and alternative medicine might help you.
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Overeating, alcohol abuse, and smoking are poor ways of dealing with stress, and can worsen risk of hypertension too. Try these simple, healthy methods for stress relief instead.
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