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Safe Alternative Treatment for High Blood Pressure Part 1

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According to the American Heart Association, an estimated one in three
U.S. adults have high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, and an
alarming one-third of those don't even know they have it. It's no wonder
this condition has long been called the silent killer.


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Blood pressure is the force of your blood pushing against the walls of
the arteries each time your heart beats. Your blood pressure is highest
each time the heart beats, pumping blood into the arteries. This is
called systolic pressure, and is the high number in your reading. The
diastolic pressure measures the pressure in between beats, when your
heart is at rest. Your blood pressure is lowest while sleeping and
although it varies some during the day, it remains close to the same.
Normal blood pressure is 120/80. If your systolic pressure rises to 140
or above, or if your diastolic pressure rises to 90 or above, this is
considered high blood pressure.

According to the American Heart Association, an estimated one in three
U.S. adults have high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, and an
alarming one-third of those don't even know they have it. It's no wonder
this condition has long been called "the silent killer". High blood
pressure is a major risk factor for stroke, heart attack, heart failure
and kidney failure. And when it exists with obesity, smoking, high blood
cholesterol or diabetes, the risk of heart attack or stroke increases
several times. If you don't have high blood pressure by age 55, your
chance of developing it at some point in your life is 90 percent,
according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

 Although high blood pressure can occur in both children and adults, it
is most common in those over age 35, and is most prevalent in African
Americans, middle-aged and elderly people, obese people, heavy drinkers
and women taking birth control pills. Although many people get high blood
pressure as they get older, it is not part of the aging process! Proper
diet, exercise and lifestyle changes can help in prevention and lowering
of blood pressure.

Commonly Prescribed Medication for High Blood Pressure

In 90–95 percent of cases, research scientists don't know what causes
high blood pressure, but fortunately they know enough to have developed
both drug and non-drug products to treat it effectively.
A wide variety of medications are available to medical professionals for
treating high blood pressure. Although other classes of medications are
sometimes prescribed, the most commonly prescribed can be broken down
into five different classes of medications that work in different ways to
lower pressure.

•Diuretics (water pills) work in the kidney to get rid of excess water
and sodium.
•Beta-Blockers reduce nerve impulses to the heart and blood vessels to
cause the heart to beat more slowly and with less force.
•Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE) Inhibitors prevent the formation of
a hormone called angiotensin II, which would otherwise cause vessels to
narrow.
•Angiotensin Receptor Blockers (ARB) block the action of angiotensin II.
•Calcium Channel Blockers prevent calcium from entering the muscle cells
of the heart and blood vessels, causing blood vessels to relax.

As of June, 2005, there didn't appear to be much global agreement among
medical experts worldwide in terms of recommended first-line therapy for
treating high blood pressure. It is important to note that in June, 2006,
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence and the British
Hypertension Society have come to an agreement within the UK, and have
issued new guidelines, including important changes to help guide primary
care physicians in determining first-line therapy. A major change is that
Beta-Blockers, which have been shown to be less effective in preventing
strokes and more likely to cause diabetes, are no longer recommended as
routine treatment for the majority of people with high blood pressure.
Instead, ACE Inhibitors (or Angiotensin Receptor Blockers if there are
side effects) are now recommended in the UK for most people, with some
exceptions, before trying other classes of medication for hypertension.

As with any medication, there may be side effects from taking ACE
Inhibitors, and some should not use them at all, including black people
of any age. According to the Mayo Clinic, a study published by the New
England Journal of Medicine, also in June, 2006, indicated an increased
risk of birth defects in children whose mothers took ACE inhibitors
during the first trimester, adding to the known risks during the second
and third trimesters. While most people can tolerate ACE Inhibitors, some
may experience side effects such as cough, elevated blood potassium
levels, low blood pressure, dizziness, headache, drowsiness, weakness,
abnormal taste (metallic or salty taste), and rash. Rare, but more
serious side effects include kidney failure, allergic reactions, a
decrease in white blood cells, and swelling of tissues (angioedema).

Very similar to ACE Inhibitors are ARB medications, and depending on the
individual's particular health issues, a doctor may switch between the
two, and may sometimes prescribe both. The most common side effects with
ARBs are cough, elevated potassium levels, low blood pressure, dizziness,
headache, drowsiness, diarrhea, abnormal taste sensation (metallic or
salty taste), and rash. Compared to ACE inhibitors, cough occurs less
often with ARBs. The most serious, but rare, side effects are kidney
failure, liver failure, allergic reactions, a decrease in white blood
cells, and swelling of tissues (angioedema).
On January 19, 2007, Rush University Medical Center reported findings
that ACE Inhibitors and ARBs prevent people from getting diabetes, and
that diuretics and beta-blockers increase the chance that a person
becomes diabetic. The authors pointed out that more studies are required
to determine whether new-onset diabetes leads to as many heart attacks,
strokes or death, as long-standing diabetes. However, their data suggests
that the differences between antihypertensive drugs regarding the risk
for new-onset diabetes are real and are significant.

Melaleuca offers a natural high blood pressure remedy called ProStolic
which interacts with a natural body enzyme much like the ACE Inhibitors
and ARB medications to relax blood vessels and allow healthy blood flow.
As a comparison, it might be helpful to understand how the ACE and ARB
class of drugs react, as well as how the non-drug hypertension remedy
ProStolic™ reacts with the body.

In Part 2 of our Blood Pressure Research Report we will discuss the ACE
Inhibitors and Angiotension Receptor Blockers, Natural Therapy for
Maintaining Healthy Blood Pressure and benefits of Bioactive Casein
Hydrolysate Tripeptides VPP and IPP.

				
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