High blood pressure can be a silent killer.

Hypertension (high blood pressure) occurs in one out of four adults in the United States. I had this health problem off and on when I was flying in the military. My high blood pressure was caused by weight gain or infrequent exercise. When I corrected both those situations, my blood pressure returned and stayed normal.

Blood Pressure

https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/high-blood-pressure/understanding-blood-pressure-readings Normal blood pressure is obtained when the systolic reading is less than 120 mm Hg, and the diastolic number is below 80 mm Hg. Hypertension is defined as blood pressure when systolic readings are above 140 mm Hg, and diastolic readings are over 90 mm Hg. The link at the beginning of this paragraph provides excellent information on blood pressure.

Drug-Resistant Hypertension

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/high-blood-pressure-hypertension/resistant-hypertension Doctors prescribe drugs to treat hypertension. However, drugs treat the symptoms and not the cause(s) or high blood pressure. Blood pressure increases as we age. Race, family history, tobacco use, dietary salt, and more can cause blood pressure issues.

When weight is the cause of high blood pressure, losing weight is a non-medical option that works. It worked for me. The same can be said when a lifestyle is devoid of exercise and causes hypertension. Increasing exercise regimens can correct high blood pressure to normal levels.

Drugs work well for around one-third of people with hypertension. Occasionally, multiple hypertensive drugs are needed to keep blood pressure within normal limits. However, when a person is at the maximum dosage on three blood pressure medicines, drug-resistant hypertension can become a significant health problem.

Many times, we cannot feel symptoms of hypertension. Some people may have headaches, shortness of breath, chest pain, nosebleeds, and more.

New Option

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/heating-nerves-with-ultrasound-reduces-high-blood-pressure. Renal denervation (ultrasound) heats the nerves in the kidneys and results in adjusting the water extraction from our bodies. https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.119.040451

A catheter is inserted into the groin and threaded into the artery supplying blood to the kidneys. High-frequency sound waves stimulate the tissues surrounding the artery and cause the nerve fibers to respond by decreasing kidney activity resulting in lower blood pressure.

Results have been excellent and long-term studies are evaluating the efficacy of this new procedure to maintain blood pressure at normal limits.


Blood pressure is a silent killer. I recently had a heart issue with a blocked artery. My heart grew new veins to work around the blockage – a DIY bypass. In the process of monitoring my heart condition, I found that I have hypertension. It is a subject that has my attention. I am currently treating it with weight management and exercise.

If you do not know your blood pressure, get it checked. Easy-to-use blood pressure monitoring equipment can be purchased over the counter. I take my blood pressure morning and evening to monitor my progress.

Live Longer & Enjoy Life! – Red O’Laughlin – RedOLaughlin.com


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