Hypertension, or raised blood pressure, has been termed the silent killer and with good reason. It gives almost no sign of its presence and is usually only detected by routine medical checkups. But the consequences of high blood pressure are more important than the fact that it exists. The long term consequences include strokes, heart attacks, kidney failure and repertory problems. Often accompanied by arteriosclerosis hardened arteries hypertension makes a high contribution toward serious cardiovascular disease, heart trouble and premature death. And statistics reveal that in the Western World, 15 to 20 per cent of adults have raised blood pressure. About a third of these are not aware of their condition until the pressure has reached dangerous levels. Indications also support the view that around 40 per cent of all deaths in the Western World are due to circulatory disorders.
Seventy years ago, hypertension was relatively uncommon. Today it’s a way of life for so many; a way of life that carries a dependency on drug medication, regular medical checkups and repeat visits to the doctor for prescriptions. What happened then? What could have caused this increase in such a relatively short time?
Clearly, the villain of the piece is the modern lifestyle which includes the Western Diet. It can be demonstrated that a diet of rich foods, too much fat, sugar and salt are important contributors to raised blood pressure and obesity. And, needless to say, both are two basic conditions which underlie many forms of cardiovascular disease. And it should be noted that hypertension is often a contributor to kidney trouble.
And, alas far as medical treatment is concerned, there is no cure for cardiline recenze hypertension, only relief through treatment with hypertensive drugs. The drugs do work. They bring down high blood pressure to acceptable levels, but usually with undesirable side effects such as tiredness and extreme lack of energy which in some cases can be serious leading the sufferers to seek vitamin supplements or even other medication to overcome the side effects when the only treatment that is satisfactory is to discontinue using the drugs that
caused it. They face a dilemma: which is the worse, the disease or the cure? They are afraid to spurn the drugs their doctor prescribed, yet they wish to avoid the unpleasant side effects. What should they do?