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High Blood Pressure

Emed specialists in treating high blood pressure with a full array of tools and options to fit your lifestyle. Anyone whose blood pressure is 140/90mmhg or more for a sustained period is said to have high blood pressure, or hypertension.

Blood pressure is usually divided into five categories:

  • Hypotension (low blood pressure)
    Systolic mmHg 90 or less, or
    Diastolic mmHg 60 or less
  • Normal
    Systolic mmHg 90-119, and
    Diastolic mmHg 60-79
  • Prehypertension
    Systolic mmHg 120-139, and
    Diastolic mmHg 80-89
  • Stage 1 Hypertension
    Systolic mmHg 140-159, and
    Diastolic mmHg 90-99
  • Stage 2 Hypertension
    Systolic mmHg over 160, and
    Diastolic mmHg over 100

Most people with high bp will not experience any symptoms until levels reach about 180/110 mmHg.

High BP symptoms typically include:

  • Headache – usually, this will last for several days.
  • Nausea – a sensation of unease and discomfort in the stomach with an urge to vomit.
  • Vomiting – less common than just nausea.
  • Dizziness – Lightheadedness, unsteadiness, and vertigo.
  • Blurred or double vision (diplopia).
  • Epistaxis – nosebleeds.
  • Palpitations – disagreeable sensations of irregular and/or forceful beating of the heart.
  • Dyspnea – breathlessness, shortness of breath.

Anybody who experiences these symptoms should see their doctor immediately.

Children with high bp may have the following signs and symptoms:

  • Headache.
  • Fatigue.
  • Blurred vision.
  • Nosebleeds.
  • Bell’s palsy – inability to control facial muscles on one side of the face.

Newborns and very young babies with high bp may experience the following signs and symptoms:

  • Failure to thrive.
  • Seizure.
  • Irritability.
  • Lethargy.
  • Respiratory distress.

Consequently people who are diagnosed with high bp should have their blood pressure checked frequently. Even if yours is normal, you should have it checked at least once every five years, and more often if you have any contributory factors.

The diagnosis of high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is certainly more common today with easier access to home blood pressure cuffs and the stringent guidelines as to what is considered normal. As a result of a diagnosis of high blood pressure today is treated with a litany of medications. Consequently high bp has historically been related to heart attacks and strokes. As a result it has been burned into our social consciousness as the “silent killer”. Unfortunately, recent studies suggest that all this medicinal intervention over the past 20 years to bring everybody’s BP to the normal range of 120/80 has had no effect in reducing the statistical incidence of heart attacks and strokes.

As a result those of us under chiropractic care have found that by keeping our nervous systems functioning well, our muscles relaxed and our vessels performing at their best we can more easily manage our blood pressure without medication. Our office would not advertise that chiropractic care can cure hypertension. I would say that I have personally witnessed many patients improve their blood pressures through chiropractic care.