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Hypertension is a medical condition in which high blood pressure occurs along with many other health problems. The two main forms of hypertension are primary. Primary hypertension is most often caused by a genetic predisposition, while secondary hypertension occurs from a change in lifestyle.
Although the causes for primary hypertension can be determined, diagnosis is usually done after taking into consideration a family history of this condition. Most of the risk factors for primary hypertension are stress related. The causes of primary hypertension include hypertension, obesity and unhealthy diet. The presence of kidney disease or tumors can also result in primary hypertension.


Medications such as cholesterol lowering medications, diuretics and beta blockers are used to control high blood pressure. Hypertension is the leading cause of heart attack in the United States. Most of these medications can lead to increased blood pressure and stroke.
Hypertension can be a life threatening condition. Many of the common complications that can occur as a result of high blood pressure include heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, peripheral arterial disease and even death. Hypertension can affect any part of the body including the brain, heart, skin, kidneys, bones and joints. Hypertension can lead to a variety of physical disabilities such as arthritis, impaired vision, deafness, deformities and poor memory.


There are many natural treatments available to help with the management of high blood pressure. These natural treatments have been used for centuries. Some of these treatments are very effective in the prevention of hypertension and the treatment of existing hypertension. The key to successful treatment is determining the exact cause of high blood pressure before treatment can be implemented.
When treating hypertension, it is important to monitor blood pressure carefully. This monitoring will allow a doctor to adjust the medication to minimize side effects and maximize the benefits of treatment. Many of these symptoms of hypertension include fatigue, headache, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, leg pain, weakness, depression, rapid breathing and muscle weakness.


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Blood pressure should be closely monitored if a person develops symptoms of heart disease such as pain, coughing up blood or increased heart rate. In addition, the heart should be monitored regularly to prevent arrhythmia, also referred to as arrhythmia. Hypertension can also cause kidney stones to form in the urinary system. If a patient is taking a diuretic for the treatment of high blood pressure, he should avoid consumption of any medications that contain diuretic agents or carbonated beverages. Diuretics cause the urine to turn darker, thus making the urine look cloudy.

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If you have a high blood pressure, you must make sure that you are moving around regularly. Exercising will improve circulation, which will help to reduce pressure and ease the effects of hypertension.
Make sure to increase your activity in both strength and flexibility.
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Exercise is another important consideration in managing this illness.
Smoking can actually increase the risk of developing hypertension as well.
Other factors that can contribute to the development of high blood pressure include smoking, obesity, alcohol, genetics, age and diet.
The best way to ensure you eat a well balanced diet is to consult your physician to determine what kind of food will help you maintain an ideal weight and maintain your blood pressure.
Another way to manage your hypertension is by maintaining a healthy diet on a regular basis. Many foods have been linked to higher levels of blood pressure than others.
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