New Analysis: Blood Pressure Levels Rising Worldwide
According to a new analysis published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and based on more than 8 million people from 154 countries across 844 studies, elevated blood pressure is a worldwide concern.
Blood Pressure Facts
According to Nicole Crane, BS, NTP of InVite® Health, “So many people, 72 million Americans, struggle to have normal blood pressure. Naturally, people are looking for solutions with outlets like leafie suggesting CBD could be of use. High blood pressure is clinically known as hypertension, and it is a major conspirator in cardiac dysfunction. Normal blood pressure is 120/80 ng/dl, and many clinicians consider 115/75 to be even healthier. The top number is systolic reading and measures the pressure as the heart pumps blood around the body. The bottom number, the diastolic reading, measures the pressure as the heart relaxes and refills with blood. Once those readings reach over 140/90, it is considered to be hypertension. Recent research suggests that even pre-hypertension, which is between 120/80 and 140/90, has major risks. A 2006 study showed that blood pressure that is 120-129/80-89 has an 81% increased risk for cardiovascular disease compared to blood pressure that is below 120/80. Pressure readings that are high-normal, 130-139/85-89 increase the risk of heart disease by a whopping 133%, compared to healthy levels.i”
“When blood pressure remains uncontrolled, it can have serious consequences like damage to the heart, arteries and other organs. This can increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke and other heart diseases like congestive heart failure, atherosclerosis (fatty buildup in arteries causing hardening of the arteries) peripheral artery disease and other vascular problems. It is important to address the cause of high blood pressure at the root, especially since many doctors are notoriously slow to treat mildly elevated blood pressure”, Nicole Crane reports. Those with peripheral artery disease (PAD) will likely want to know the answers to many key questions like, ‘how is peripheral artery disease treated?’ This will allow them to understand the ways in which they could overcome their condition.
The analysis reported that the number of people with elevated systolic blood pressure has increased dramatically in the past 25 years, and so has the rate. Gregory Roth, one of the study’s authors and assistant professor in the division of cardiology at the University of Washington reported, “We found that 3.5 billion adults have blood pressure high enough to bring some risk, and 870 million people around the world are hypertensive.” Elevated systolic blood pressure was found to be a leading contributor to preventable death in 2015 and was linked to more than 10 million deaths – 1.4 times the number in 1990, according to TIME.
According to Nicole Crane, BS, NTP, there are safe and effective natural remedies to support healthy blood pressure levels. “Nutrients can support and normalize the force at which the heart beats, the constriction and relaxation of blood vessels, and the thickness of blood. By helping the cardiovascular system function better, these remarkable natural remedies assist in normalizing levels in a fundamental way.” Here is what she suggests –
- Potassium and Magnesium to bring balance to both the heart muscle and vascular system
- Garlic is a powerful antioxidant, antibacterial and cardiovascular support
- Hawthorn Berry may strengthen the heart muscle and help it function better, support the integrity and structure of blood vessels
- Taurine is an amino acid known for its vascular, protective effects and overall benefits for the heart