What is High Blood Pressure?
HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
High blood pressure is defined as prolonged raised blood pressure, that is, an active blood pressure consistently above 140 mm Hg, or a resting blood pressure consistently above 90 mm Hg. The condition has no symptoms, but in time it can cause blood vessel changes in retina and abnormal thickening of the heart muscle. People with untreated hypertension have a high risk for heart disease, kidney damage and other medical problems.
Traditional medicine aims to treat high blood pressure with prescription drugs that range from diuretics to flush out excess water in salt, beta-blockers to help the heart beat slower, ACE inhibitors that keep the body from producing hormones that narrow the blood vessels, nervous system inhibitors that causes the brain to send signals to relax and widen blood vessels to vasodilators that relax the muscles in the blood vessel walls. These pharmacological treatments come with great risk of side effects, and can be dangerous when combined.
How will we determine if I have high blood pressure?
Dr. Cohen believes that high blood pressure can be treated with integrative methodologies that are much less harsh, and have fewer side effects. Dr. Cohen works with her patients suffering from high blood pressure to find the best course of treatment. She will test blood and hormone levels to determine what may be at the root of the high blood pressure, and then craft a regimen of treatment that may include changes in diet to reduce salt intake, supplements such as calcium, magnesium and potassium, and in some cases, Bioidentitcal Hormone Replacement Therapy.
Most people with high blood pressure have no signs or symptoms, but possible symptoms include:
Shortness of breath