Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a medical condition wherein arterial blood pressure is elevated. This ever-increasing healthcare concern affects more than 7.5 million Canadians. Hypertension is a significant risk factor for cerebrovascular disease (CVD) and ischemic heart disease, which are leading causes of premature death worldwide.
Pressure within arteries can be elevated for a variety of reason, but comes down to being related to an elevation in heart rate/pulse, a constriction of the vessels themselves, or both. While prevention followed by diet and exercise would be the preferred first courses of action, they are not always enough and lifelong, daily (or more) maintenance with pharmaceuticals may be required to treat hypertension. Though potentially necessary, high blood pressure medications can have significant side effects. ...Read More