Hypertension, essential or primary hypertension, is widespread and a major risk factor for stroke and other heart diseases. The term blood pressure generally means arterial blood pressure. In practice, hypertension is generally classified as mild, moderate or severe.
Mild-140-159/90-99 mmHg; Moderate– 160-179/100-109mm Hg; Severe – 180-209/110-119 mmHg and Very severe – <210/>120 mmHg
Factors influencing the development of essential hypertension
Lifestyle factors like food habits, nature of work, addiction, etc. have much influence.
v Dietary factors: obesity, high salt intake, high alcohol and caffeine.
v Socio-economic: related to social deprivation; tension, anxiety and stress.
v Hormonal factors: high renin reduced nitric oxide (also atrial naturetic peptide, anti-diuretic hormone effects).
v Genetic and familial
v Neurotransmitters: acetylcholine, noradrenaline, substance P, neuropeptide Y, serotonin, dopamine, encephalin etc., related to cardiac output, stress and mental as well as behaviour and attitude aspects.
Clinical features of hypertension
Hypertension may not always cause symptoms if it is mild or moderate. High blood pressure is found in many people during a routine check-up. Otherwise the following symptoms are reported.
- Chest pain
- Frequent tiredness
- Nausea or vomiting
If the following symptoms are felt, it may indicate having stroke, which needs immediate medical attention.
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Ringing or buzzing in the ear
- Severe headache
v Weight reduction in obese and overweight patients.
v Reduce heavy alcohol consumption should be avoided.
v Excess salt consumption is to be avoided.
v Exercise like walking or encourage regular exercise programme.
v Smoking should be stopped.
v Cholesterol (including HDL, LDL) and triglycerides should be checked and treatment given to lower them if high and advice fat free diets.
v Consider renal/endocrine causes as well; investigate for management.
Homoeopaths normally manage high blood pressure with drugs like Adrenalinum, Aurum metallicum, Baryta carbonica, Conium, Crataegus oxyacantha Q, Gelsemium, Gloninum, Plumbum metallicum, Rawolfia Q, Secale cornutum, Veratrum album, Viscum album and others along with Viscum Pentarkan, Schwabe’s Essentia Aurea Gold Drops, Schwabe’s Ginseng 1x tablets (to manage stress) and Schwabe’s Alfalfa Tonic (to manage the symptoms of weakness) based on the blood pressure level, lifestyle, symptoms, constitution and others. Please consult your homoeopath for the proper management of the condition with right homoeopathic medications and suitable managing measures.
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