Warning: This article may be difficult to read.
Not because it’s difficult to understand — just the opposite in fact — but because if Hollywood were to ever make a horror movie using blood pressure as the enemy, it’d look a lot like what you are about to read.
Read it anyway. Sure, it’s a fearful topic, but by the time you’ve finished reading, you’ll never fear high blood pressure again.
They call it the silent killer. But they ought to reclassify it with a more appropriate name:
THE SILENT SERIAL KILLER
High blood pressure is an emotionless, merciless, cold blooded killer. It murders 1,000 people every day, and threatens 1 in every 3 American adults over the age of 20.
That means you have a 1 in 3 chance that this serial killer is silently stalking you right now … lurking secretly in the shadows … just waiting for the opportunity to claim you as its next victim.
Or worse … victimize one of your precious loved ones, destroying their life with a stroke or heart attack, which are two of the leading causes of deaths every year.
Horrifically, the carnage doesn’t stop there. If you have been unusually forgetful lately, it may have nothing to do with your age.
Apparently, it’s not enough for high blood pressure to attempt to put you in an early grave; it also wants to …
Rob You of The Joy of a Sharp Mind.
Researchers tell us that for every 10-point increase in your diastolic blood pressure (that’s the bottom number) it increases your odds of cognitive difficulties by 7%.
If you are in your twenties and thirties and think this doesn’t apply to you, then you disagree with researchers at the University of Maine — and I strongly suggest you reconsider your stance.
In their report titled, Blood Pressure-Related Cognitive Decline: Does Age Make a Difference?, the authors underscore the importance of treating high blood pressure in younger individuals, because …
“Like older individuals, they showed
blood pressure-related decline in cognitive function.”
Confirmed in a separate study, researchers suggest that short-term memory lapses, thought to be due to aging, actually result from having high blood pressure.
From the University of Pittsburgh, Richard Jennings, PhD, says …
“…People with high blood pressure are inferior in doing tasks that require them to pay attention and remembering things … compared to those with normal blood pressure readings.”
He also says these kinds of cognitive declines are …
“…The equivalent of instantly being 10 years older!”
Unfortunately, that’s just the beginning of the horrible things this terrifying disease does to those who don’t control it.
What is blood pressure, and what happens when it’s too high?
By definition, blood pressure measures the amount of force that is being pushed outward against your arterial walls when your heart beats.
But there are two kinds of forces acting against your arteries.
The first force that tests the integrity of your arteries occurs when the walls of your heart, (ventricles), contract. This contraction pumps blood out of your heart and forces it into your arteries. This contraction phase is called the systolic pressure, and the word comes from the original Greek word, “systole,” meaning “a drawing together or contraction.”
A secondary force is created when your heart rests between beats. This is called the diastolic pressure, and it comes from the original Greek word, “diastole,” meaning “a drawing apart.”
I’m telling you all this because the high blood pressure epidemic in this country has become so rampant, it has forced the Mayo Clinic, to change their stance on what they consider “normal” high blood pressure to be.
If you missed the news, then you probably still think that normal blood pressure is considered to be 120/80. Right?
Well, according to doctor Sheldon Sheps, MD, medical editor of Mayo Clinic’s High Blood Pressure Clinic, not any more.
In their opinion, it’s more like 115/75.
Then starting from that number, their findings reveal …
Your risk of heart attack and stroke doubles for every 20-point jump in your systolic (the upper number) blood pressure … or every 10-point rise in your diastolic (the lower number).
That means that people with blood pressure levels between 128/80 and 149/90 — levels once considered normal — literally double their risk of heart disease as those with low blood pressure.
Worse yet: If your blood pressure is above 140/90, you’ve increased your risk by a whopping four times!
THE PROBLEM OF TOO MUCH FORCE IN YOUR VEINS
Did you know your arteries are made of muscle? It’s true. It’s called vascular smooth muscle, and like any muscle, its job is to contract and relax as demand is place upon them.
The more force applied to the arterial walls, the more the arteries stretch to allow blood to easily flow.
But like any muscle, if you overwork it’s abilities, you are going to injure it. And with high blood pressure — given enough time — the muscle tissue that makes up the walls of your arteries become stretched beyond its healthy limit.
That means overuse damage can do wicked things to your health and longevity, like …
- Result in deadly organ damage. When your organ tissue — like your kidneys and brain — doesn’t get proper blood flow, they are starved of oxygen and nutrition, and they start dying. High blood pressure has a known history of causing brain cells to die during a stroke.
- Create the build-up of blood clots.Trapping and forming blood clots that narrow and restrict proper flow. The real danger begins when these clots break off and cause heart attacks, or strokes.
- Gravely weaken your blood vessels. When high blood pressure causes your blood vessels to become weak and creates soft spots, they are much easier to rupture. The results are very unkind: hemorrhagic strokes and aneurysms are the most common.
- Cause horrific inter-vascular scarring. Over stretching tears and scars the inside of your arteries and veins. The scars then create the perfect netting to capture cholesterol or other blood cells.
- Build plaque that shuts off blood flow. Clogged arteries due to cholesterol and plaque build-up that can shut off most, if not all your blood supply. That places greater pressure on the rest of your system, which forces you heart to work even harder.
- Hit you with your first heart attack. Dreadfully, 7 of every 10 people who suffer heart attack have high blood pressure.
- Victimize you with your first stroke. Worse than heart attack, 8 out of every 10 people who experience their first stroke has high blood pressure.
- Slowly torture you with chronic (long lasting) heart failure. Unfortunately, 7 out of every 10 people with chronic heart failure have high blood pressure.
- Robs you of your precious eyesight. Hypertension causes progressive construction and narrowing of blood vessels. It also causes fluid to ooze out from blood vessels. Spots start to from on the retina known as cotton wool spots. High blood pressures causes welling of the optic nerve and bleeding in the back of your eyes.
The scariest part of all this that that 1 in 3 American adults have no idea they are a ticking time bomb, walking around with blood pressure numbers that are higher than normal, or how to best treat it.
The great news!
The great news is that you may be able to avoid a lifetime sentence of drugs through an effective exercise program.
But what if you are already on high blood pressure medication?
Well, there’s a good chance we can get you off them just like we helped Shawnee Merten who says …
“I’m 64 years old, and like so many other people, I hated going to the gym and working out. But I was also had high blood pressure and a 48 inch waist! So when I lost 25lbs and 6 inches in my waist, my doctor took me off ALL my high blood pressure meds! But one of my biggest surprises so far is how much fun my workouts are at The Training Spot.”
Compare side effects of HBP medications with a proper exercise program:
⇒ Weight loss, increases your muscular tone, reduces your Alzheimer’s risk by a whopping 50%!
⇒ It also improves your long-term memory, increase your cognitive skills, boosts your immune system, and decreases your risk for diabetes!
⇒ Not only that, it improves your blood flow, reduces your risk of cancer, cuts your risk of stroke in half, and increases the neurons in your brain.
Plus, it makes you look great in a swimsuit and gives you a body you can be proud of.