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"Understanding Blood Pressure: How It Impacts Your Health and Vitality"

Blood pressure is the pressure of blood on the walls of your arteries as your heart pumps

blood around your body. Blood pressure does not stay the same all the time. It changes to

meet your body's needs and it is normal for your blood pressure to go up and down

throughout the day.

Blood pressure is measured using two numbers:

The first number, called systolic blood pressure

This measures the pressure in your arteries when your heart beats.

The second number, called diastolic blood pressure

This measures the pressure in your arteries when your heart rests between beats.

What's considered low blood pressure for one person might be OK for someone else. Low

blood pressure might cause no noticeable symptoms, or it might cause dizziness and

fainting. Sometimes, low blood pressure can be life-threatening.

The causes of low blood pressure range from dehydration to serious medical conditions. Its

important to find out whats causing low blood pressure so that it can be treated at the root,

if necessary.

What are the symptoms of low blood pressure?

  • Dizziness or feeling lightheaded.

  • Fainting or passing out (syncope).

  • Nausea or vomiting.

  • Distorted or blurred vision.

  • Fast, shallow breathing.

  • Fatigue or weakness.

  • Feeling tired, sluggish or lethargic.

  • Confusion or trouble concentrating.

Hypotension (low blood pressure) can happen for a wide range of reasons. Causes of low

blood pressure include:

  • Orthostatic hypotension: This happens when you stand up too quickly and your

body can’t compensate with more blood flow to your brain.

  • Central nervous system diseases: Conditions like Parkinson’s disease can affect

how your nervous system controls your blood pressure. People with these conditions

may feel the effects of low blood pressure after eating because their digestive

systems use more blood as they digest food.

  • Low blood volume: Blood loss from severe injuries can cause low blood

pressure. Dehydration can also contribute to low blood volume.

  • Life-threatening conditions: These conditions include irregular heart rhythms

(arrhythmias), pulmonary embolism (PE), heart attacks and collapsed lung. Life-

threatening allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) or immune reactions to severe infections

(sepsis) can also cause hypotension.

  • Heart and lung conditions: You can get hypotension when your heart beats too

quickly or too slowly, or if your lungs aren’t working as they should. Advanced heart

failure (weak heart muscle) is another cause.

  • Prescription medications: Hypotension can happen with medications that

treat high blood pressure, heart failure, erectile dysfunction, neurological problems,

depression and more. Don’t stop taking any prescribed medicine unless your

provider tells you to stop.

  • Alcohol or recreational drugs: Recreational drugs can lower your blood pressure,

as can alcohol (for a short time). Certain herbal supplements, vitamins or home

remedies can also lower your blood pressure. This is why you should always include

these when you tell your healthcare provider what medications you’re taking.

  • Pregnancy: Orthostatic hypotension is possible in the first and second trimesters of

pregnancy. Bleeding or other complications of pregnancy can also cause low blood


  • Extreme temperatures: Being too hot or too cold can affect hypotension and make

its effects worse.

High blood pressure is a common condition that affects the bodys arteries. Its also called

hypertension. If you have high blood pressure, the force of the blood pushing against the

artery walls is consistently too high. The heart has to work harder to pump blood.

People with very high blood pressure (usually 180/120 or higher) can experience symptoms


  • severe headaches.

  • chest pain.

  • dizziness.

  • difficulty breathing.

  • nausea.

  • vomiting.

  • blurred vision or other vision changes.

  • anxiety.

You might be more at risk if you:

  • are overweight

  • eat too much salt and do not eat enough fruit and vegetables

  • do not do enough exercise

  • drink too much alcohol or coffee (or other caffeine-based drinks)

  • smoke

  • have a lot of stress

  • are over 65

  • have a relative with high blood pressure

  • are of black African or black Caribbean descent

  • live in a deprived area

Health conditions that can cause high blood pressure include:

  • kidney disease

  • diabetes

  • long-term kidney infections

  • sleep apnea – where the walls of the throat relax and narrow during sleep,

interrupting normal breathing

  • glomerulonephritis – damage to the tiny filters inside the kidneys

  • narrowing of the arteries supplying the kidneys

  • hormone problems – such as an underactive thyroid, an overactive thyroid.

  • lupus – a condition in which the immune system attacks parts of the body, such as

the skin, joints and organs

  • scleroderma – a condition that causes thickened skin, and sometimes problems with

organs and blood vessels

Medicines that can increase your blood pressure include:

  • the contraceptive pill

  • steroids

  • non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) – such

as ibuprofen, aspirin and naproxen

  • some pharmacy cough and cold remedies

  • some herbal remedies – particularly those containing liquorice

  • some recreational drugs – such as cocaine and amphetamines

  • some selective serotonin-noradrenaline reuptake inhibitor

  • (SSNRI) antidepressants – such as venlafaxine

Did you know that a new study in the journal Hypertension finds SARS-CoV-2 infection is

significantly associated with the development of high blood pressure in adults with

preexisting heart conditions or those who were older, Black or male?

The study went as follows:

An analysis of more than 45,000 people infected with SARS-CoV-2 found a significant association between the virus and the development of persistent high blood pressure among those with no prior history of high blood pressure.
In addition, people with COVID-19 infection and no history of high blood pressure were significantly more likely to develop persistent high blood pressure compared to people with the influenza virus.
People with COVID-19 who are over age 40, men, Black adults or those with preexisting conditions, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, coronary artery disease or chronic kidney disease, had an elevated risk of developing high blood pressure, according to the study.

The analysis found:

21% of people hospitalized with COVID-19 and 11% of those who were not hospitalized for COVID-19 developed high blood pressure, compared to 16% of people hospitalized with influenza and 4% of those not hospitalized for influenza.

People hospitalized for COVID-19 were more than twice as likely and those not hospitalized are 1.5 times more likely to develop persistent hypertension compared to people hospitalized and non-hospitalized with influenza, respectively.

People infected with SARS-CoV-2 who were over 40 years old, men, Black adults or those with preexisting conditions, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, coronary artery disease or chronic kidney disease, had an elevated risk of developing high blood pressure.

Persistent high blood pressure was more common among people infected with SARS-CoV-2 who were treated with vasopressor and corticosteroid medications during the pandemic. 

So what to do?

As we can see there are many different reasons for your blood pressure to

be either high or low. It is always better to find out why this is the case – this is where we

can help. Our testing can get to the root cause. If you are concerned about your blood

pressure, please get in touch to make an appointment.

We also have many great products available to aid in either high or low blood pressure :

  • Essential Health Circulation Assist

  • Essential Health Magnesium Glycinate Powder

  • DNA Veno Fast

  • Willow Nattokinaise

  • Herbay Low Blood Pressure

  • Herbay Anaemia Drops

  • Herbay Circulation Caps

  • Essential Health Healthy Lungs

Take a look at our online store for some amazing supplements for your blood pressure and overall wellness.

If you need any help please contact us on 0836549943



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