High blood pressure is the most common cardiovascular disease , affecting about 20% of the adult population. Its incidence increases with age so that the percentage of hypertensives is very low among 20-year-olds and then increases steadily to reach 40% for people aged 65 and 90% for those aged 85! »(Source INSERM)
According to the WHO, hypertension is second only to smoking and before alcoholism, on the list of factors decreasing the number of years of life in good health.
WHAT IS BLOOD PRESSURE?
Blood pressure is a blood pressure in the arteries that lead the heart’s blood to different tissues of the body to provide the cells with the oxygen they need for survival. At each contraction of the heart, the blood is expelled with cardiac cavities and is propelled into these ducts. To fulfill their function satisfactorily, they must remain flexible and unobstructed.
High blood pressure (hypertension) is a hyperpressure of blood on the walls of the arteries. This constitutes a major risk of cardiovascular accident.
Arterial hypertension, in attempting to maintain constant blood flow, indirectly increases the activity of the heart, which can lead to left ventricular hypertrophy (increased volume of the left ventricle) and a progressive loss of contractile activity that may progress to heart failure.
HT is one of the major risk factors for vascular disease. It causes anomalies and a stiffening of the walls of the arteries because of the permanent mechanical pressure exerted on them. In addition, it increases the risk of appearance or worsening of atheroma plaques (fat deposits often also due to cholesterol). The arteries most commonly affected are those that irrigate the brain (carotid), heart (coronary), kidneys or lower limbs. This is why hypertension increases the risk of stroke, ischemic heart disease (angina pectoris, infarction), arterial disease of the lower limbs (narrowing of the arteries that supply the legs) or kidney failure that may eventually require dialysis. Still, according to the WHO,
All of these risk factors are increased by the presence of other cardiovascular risk factors, such as hypercholesterolemia or diabetes.
In about 10% of cases, arterial hypertension is said to be “secondary” because it is the consequence of another renal, adrenal, neurovascular or hormonal disease (excess of mineralocorticoids, hyper- or hypothyroidism).
In the vast majority of cases, the arterial hypertension is called “essential”, that is to say that no known cause can explain its appearance. The disorder most often appears insidiously and the severity is related to its long-term consequences on the various organs.
However, there are several risk factors apart from those mentioned above. Age is the most important because aging is associated with a loss of elasticity of the arteries. Other risk factors, and not least, are overweight, sedentary lifestyle, diet (including excess salt, insufficient intakes of potassium, or alcohol consumption).
We meet many people who come to fast in our seminars and who have a hypotensive treatment without collateral diseases detected. Many of them have been randomly treated without having been subjected to the measurement protocol in consultations and / or supplemented by home-based measures.
Several measures are needed to diagnose hypertension. Indeed, the blood pressure varies during the day: lower during sleep and rest, higher during the day. And it increases during physical activity, cold, emotional shock, or stress. The diagnosis of hypertension (> 140mmHg systolic or ≥ 90mmHg diastolic on average according to the WHO) must be confirmed by measures (to be repeated twice) during three consultations over a period of 3 to 6 months. In order to refine the diagnosis, the patient can also make home measurements. Which is quite recommended.
Other people may also be unaware that they are hypertensive because of hypertension, if they do not give some symptoms during flares (severe headaches, dizziness, malaise, blurred vision, heart palpitations, or even bleeding from nose, …), is most often silent.
FASTING AND FOOD ADJUSTMENT:
Fasting makes it possible to clean the blood, the lymph, to relax the vessels, to regulate the level of sodium and potassium in the blood, and the blood pressure regulates itself naturally. The blood becomes more fluid after 3 to 5 days of fasting and the heart needs less effort. The heart makes up to 50% savings during fasting. A heart at rest is a heart that repairs itself.