Last Updated on Friday, 18 March 2011 13:21 Written by HeartMath Friday, 17 December 2010 09:12
In the simplest of terms, heart/cardiovascular disease, the No.1 cause of death in the United States and in most countries today, is any condition that adversely affects the heart muscle or its blood vessels, ultimately resulting in the heart's inability to pump enough blood to maintain the body's systems. There are many types of heart disease, among them coronary artery disease, the most prevalent, atherosclerosis, angina and arrhythmia. All are greatly exacerbated by the presence of hypertension, which is simply the medical name for high blood pressure; the terms are used interchangeably. (See our Recommendations).
"Connecting the mind, body and emotions, HeartMath offers a quickly learned scientifically validated approach to decreasing stress and impacting cardiac risk factors such as: high blood pressure, diabetes, arrhythmia and chest pain. Everyone needs to learn these techniques."
One of the leading causes of heart attack and stroke and a major risk factor for developing heart disease is hypertension, widely known as the "silent killer" because the majority of people who have it don't know it since there are no apparent symptoms. If you know you have high blood pressure you must act now to control it. If you don't know whether you have it, see your physician to find out. High blood pressure can lead to heart attack, heart failure, stroke and kidney disease.
"Nearly 1 in 3 American adults have high blood pressure."
The numbers are straightforward: Normal blood pressure is considered to be 120/80, with the first number representing the force of pressure exerted on the arteries, veins and heart chambers when the heart is contracting, or pumping blood out; and the second number is the pressure when the heart is not contracting, or filling with blood. If your blood pressure is 120-139 over 80-89 you have pre-hypertension. If you're at 140/90 or higher, you have hypertension. There are a number of places where you can have your blood pressure checked, including doctors' offices, clinics and drugstores.
Your risk for high blood pressure is greater if any of the following apply to you:
Although the medical community is aware of the predictors such as the above risk factors that contribute to high blood pressure and the dangers it poses, there is no known cause of high blood pressure in a large majority of cases. It is only in a small percentage of hypertension cases that causes are known, among them other medical problems and the medications people take.
If you are concerned about stress, anxiety, worry, fear or anger in your life or someone else's, check out the following HeartMath books, which are also available as ebooks and audio programs:
The Institute of HeartMath has been conducting scientific research and demonstration studies over the past 2 decades and has found a direct link between high blood pressure and stress. It works like this: The stress we experience activates our sympathetic nervous system, which increases adrenaline. The adrenaline makes the heart beat faster, causes blood vessels to constrict and prompts the production of cortisol, known as "the mother of all stress hormones." Cortisol causes blood-vessel constriction as well as salt and water retention in the kidneys. The end result is elevation of blood pressure.
At the same time that HeartMath has been researching the connection between stress and high blood pressure, we've also been busy developing and demonstrating programs and tools to help people manage stress, anger and anxiety and transform their emotions using their "heart intelligence."
Chris, a 45-year-old business executive whose family had a history of heart disease, was feeling extremely stressed, fatigued and generally in poor emotional health. After reviewing test results, his doctor told him it was critical for him to reduce his stress. He recommended practicing emotional restructuring techniques developed by the Institute of HeartMath. First, his wife noticed a transformation, then his co-workers, staff and friends. New tests six weeks after undergoing the initial analysis confirmed his stress level was down and his blood pressure, which had been dangerously high, was now near normal.
After practicing HeartMath techniques, Chris began getting along with his family, colleagues and staff better than he could ever remember and he felt much more clearheaded and in command of his life.
Use the Quick Coherence Technique®, a rapid three-step tool, that will help you start new heart and emotional coherence patterns so all of your body's functions synchronize and you are able to respond to stressful situations more intelligently and ultimately reduce the stress that's raising your blood pressure. Whenever you feel your stress buttons being pushed try the following:
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