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Hypertension

Hypertension and its symptoms

Hypertension (high blood pressure) is really common. In the UK, it affects about one in four adults. About half of people older than 60 have hypertension.

But because hypertension doesn’t usually cause any symptoms, many people do not even know they have it.

This is a problem because hypertension can put a strain on your blood vessels as the blood flows around your body. At least half of heart attacks and strokes are linked to high blood pressure. Hypertension also increases your chances of getting kidney damage and dementia.

Fortunately, you can do a lot to protect your health by getting your blood pressure checked and under control.

Hypertension is the medical term for high blood pressure.

Each time your heart pumps, it forces blood through your arteries (the blood vessels that carry oxygen-rich blood from your heart to other parts of your body).

When your blood pressure is measured, the result shows how hard your blood is pressing against the walls of your arteries. The higher your blood pressure, the harder your heart is working to pump your blood.

Blood pressure is measured in millimetres of mercury (mmHg). This is the stuff you might see going up and down in the blood pressure monitor at your GP surgery.

Did you know that a blood pressure monitor is actually called a sphygmomanometer (derived from the Greek word “sphygmos” or “pulse” and the French word “manometer” or “pressure meter”).

Your blood pressure reading has two numbers:

  • Systolic pressure, which shows the force on your arteries during a heartbeat.

  • Diastolic pressure, which shows the force on your arteries between heartbeats.

A blood pressure result is given with both of these numbers. The systolic pressure comes first and it’s higher than the diastolic. So if your systolic is 120 and your diastolic is 90, your doctor or nurse will tell you that your blood pressure is “120 over 90”. So it would be written as 120/90 mmHg.

Hypertension is usually confirmed through blood pressure readings taken by a health professional, followed up by readings you take at home. Your doctor or nurse will advise you how to take blood pressure readings at home readings.

Hypertension is diagnosed if your blood pressure in the surgery is 140/90 mmHg or higher, and your home readings are 135/85 mmHg or higher.

 

 

HOW BARLEY HELPS HYPERTENSION

– Barley contains enzymes such as Fatty Acid Oxidase, Peroxidase, Catalase, Cytochrome Oxidase and Transhydrogenase that cause decomposition of fats in our bodies. 

– It has chlorophyll which cuts excess cholesterol and triglycerides and other lipids. 

– It contains soluble fiber which helps metabolize fats, cholesterol and carbohydrates. 

– It contains Arginine (14.3mg/g) at higher amounts which keep the blood vessels elastic, keeping the blood flow smoothly, melts away plaque that exists in blood vessels and also reduces blood clots and bad cholesterol. 

– Formation of Procollagen Type IV prevents the formation of plaque (atherosclerotic plaques) in the blood vessels.

 

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