Are there any "natural" treatments for high blood pressure, high cholesterol or even diabetes?
The best non-medication treatments for high blood pressure are diet (eg. DASH Diet), exercise and weight loss. These very effective measures, when applied consistently, reliably produce significant reductions in blood pressure, blood cholesterol and blood sugar. The effectiveness of herbal supplements and other "alternative" measures for these conditions have not been studied adequately enough for a sound recommendation to be made. LBCCR is committed to sound scientific investigation and has participated in several studies of food supplements in treating hypertension.
I don't have any symptoms; why should I worry about my blood pressure or cholesterol level?
High blood pressure and high cholesterol levels lead to atherosclerosis, commonly known as hardening of the arteries. This, in turn, increases the chances of having a heart attack or a stroke. For example, patients who have high blood pressure (who usually have no symptoms at all) and do not take any blood pressure-lowering medication may have a two to three times higher chance of having a stroke or heart attack over a five year period than patients who are treated with medications. Other complications of high blood pressure and high cholesterol include heart failure, kidney failure, sudden death and peripheral vascular disease, which can cause leg pain with exercise.
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What is 24 hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring?
Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring is done as an outpatient. A blood pressure cuff attached to your arm measures your blood pressure periodically throughout the day and night while you go about your normal activities. You return to the clinic on the next day, the blood pressure cuff is removed, and the readings are uploaded into a computer where they are averaged. 24 hour blood pressure results predict cardiovascular risk more accurately than office or sporadic home blood pressure measurements.
How do I know if I have high blood pressure?
Because blood pressure can vary widely in response to your situation and environment, a diagnosis is usually only made after measurements in a physician's office on 3 different days are consistently elevated. Most patients do not have any symptoms at all.
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