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High Blood Pressure Simplified

Majid Ali, M.

In September 2013, I produced and hosted a five-part TV series on MNN network in New York. I offer here an outline of this series.

Hypertension is caused by lies one counters and suffers in life. The true cause of hypertension is lies, more lies, and pernicious lies. This is not what I was taught in 1958 in my medical school in Lahore, nor in 1965 at Royal College of Surgeons of England in London. Nor did any of my professors at College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University in New York ever suspect the essential link between lies and the development hypertension. This insight of lies-hypertension link was a gift to me of my patients with hypertension.

The energetic and chemical consequences of cruelty, stupidity, insensitivity, and ignorance are toxicities of environment, foods, and thoughts. Arteries (channels that carry blood from the heart) respond to those toxicities by tightening. Simply stated, high blood pressure (hypertension) is caused by tightened arteries. This is the second crucial message of this book.

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90% Risk of Developing Hypertension

What roles do genes play in the development of hypertension? This old question has lost its relevance. Consider the following: On February 27, 2002, the Journal of the American Medical Association reported data from the Framingham Heart Study showing the residual lifetime risk for developing hypertension among middle-aged men and women is 90%. Hard to believe, yet true.

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Part One: What Is Blood Pressure?

Part Two: What causes High Blood Pressure

(Hypertenstion)?

Part Three: What is Hypertensive Stroke Spike?

Part Four: Natural remedies for Normalizing Blood

Pressure

Part Five: True Cost of Blood Pressure Drugs

WHY ARE TWO NUMBERS USED TO RECORD BP VALUE?

The pressure in a tire does not change moment to moment except when air is pumped into it or is let out. So, tire pressure is given in one number. The pressure in a blood vessel changes with each heart beat which delivers a bolus of blood into it. Between heart beats, the pressure in arteries drops as the force created by the heart beat subsides. Thus, a blood vessel has two pressures, one with the heart beat and the second without it.

Systole is the term for a heart beat. Systolic blood pressure is the term used for the pressure created by bolus of blood entering the vascular tree. Diastole means relaxation of the heart muscle after a heart beat is completed. Diastolic blood pressure is the term used for the lower value of pressure found in the absence of a heart beat (no new blood entering blood vessels of the vascular tree.)

Both systolic and diastolic values of blood pressure are used in clinical medicine because the causes and consequences of changes in each value can—and often are—quite different. For example, the risk of a vascular blow-out and stroke is primarily determined by rapid and sharp rises in systolic blood pressure, whereas chronic kidney damage may be caused more by sustained rises in the diastolic blood pressure.

WHAT IS NORMAL BP?

My own blood pressure is 110/70, which would be considered perfect for an adult. The expression 110/70 means the higher systolic value of 110 millimeters (mm) of mercury and a lower diastolic blood pressure of 70 millimeters of mercury. As an explanation, if I were to put a needle into the large artery at my elbow and connect it with tubing to a column of mercury, during systole (heart beat) the pressure of the blood in the artery will push the mercury column to a height of 110 mm (4.33 inches) of mercury. When the heart beat ends and diastole begins, the pressure of the blood in the artery will push the mercury column to a height of 70 mm of mercury.

It is our practice at the Institute of Integrative Medicine, New York, to measure blood pressure four ways: over the left and right upper arms, and in standing and supine (lying) positions. It is not uncommon to observe differences of ten to twenty points between the two sides and between the two postures.

I consider a blood pressure range from 100/60 to 140/90 normal; the closer the value to 110/70, the more desirable it is. The closer the value to 140/90, the greater the probability of developing high blood pressure (hypertension) as one grows older.

There are some individuals, like me, who have a stable blood pressure under various conditions of stress and frustration. The majority of the people, however, do not have such stability. It is common for me to see patients whose blood pressure fluctuates over a wide range—from 100 to 140 or higher under different conditions. When considering the blood pressure status of a given individual, it is evidently necessary to be aware of the normal range of blood pressure.

WHAT IS HYPOTENSION (LOW BP)?

Many individuals with chronic illness feel dizzy when they stand up. Healthy people often become lightheaded when they suffer common viral and bacterial infections. These are the most common forms of low blood pressure.

I consider a blood pressure value of 90/60 or lower as low blood pressure or hypotension. Such values usually are associated with symptoms of weakness, lightheadedness, dizziness, and sweating. The lower the values, the greater the probability and degree of symptoms.

Hypotension, the flip side of the hypertension coin, also indicates instability of the autonomic nervous system, in which the system is weakened rather than being trigger happy. In some subjects, it sets the stage for the later development of hypertension. Indeed, some of my patients suffer dizziness due to lower than normal BP on some days while their BP shows sharp rises above the normal range on other days. Eventually, most such individuals develop sustained hypertension.

WHAT IS HYPERTENSION (HIGH BP)?

How do doctors diagnose hypertension? At what point in the scale of values of blood pressure is an individual given this diagnostic label? Once given, how often is this label withdrawn? These important questions deserve careful consideration. That happens but only rarely.

In 1958, I was taught that BP values above 140/90 establish the diagnosis of hypertension. I do not recall if any of my professors ever warned me that the definition of hypertension is very problematic. In most people, BP values change appreciably from hour to hour, and significantly during periods of frustration and anger. Interestingly—and significantly—sharp rises in BP numbers commonly occur in doctors' offices. I discuss this subject in the following section.

While professors glibly tell their students to diagnose hypertension when BP values are 140/90 and over, those who write medical textbooks have much trouble writing about it. For example, in the twelfth edition of Beeson and McDermott's Textbook of Medicine, considered to be the bible of internal medicine, the chapter entitled "Arterial Hypertension" begins on page 657. I read the entire page, then re-read it. The whole page is devoted to why no satisfactory definition of hypertension can be given. So, I was not surprised to find no definition of hypertension there.

I propose here a different view of high BP. Hypertension in my model is the degree of deviation from the optimal value for an individual—the lowest values of systolic and diastolic pressures that sustain robust health without any hypotensive symptoms. With this working definition of hypertension, my goal in managing hypertension is to address all relevant oxygen-related issues— spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical—until the best levels of blood pressure values are achieved for a given person. This definition takes into account an individual's own range of changes in the BP values during different periods of time and lifestyle circumstances for that individual.

At one level, high BP indicates instability of the part of the nervous system that regulates blood pressure in health. It is called autonomic nervous system. Hypertension can be seen as a trigger-happy autonomic nervous system.

 

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