May 17th is the World Hypertension Day and people are having celebrations about it.
The imp me wonders are they celebrating having hypertension, that is the lifestyle that got them there, or are they pharma companies celebrating the increase in sales, now that the imp has voiced her mischief, let us go World Hypertension Day Awareness drive. The theme for the year like last year and the year to come is Know Your Blood Pressure and #KnowYourNumber.
Since there are going to numerous talks, articles and what not about hypertension, I shall just go to the metaphysics and alternate pathways of handling hypertension.
Blood pressure is defined as
The force exerted by the blood against the walls of the blood vessels and the magnitude of this force depends on the cardiac output, and the resistance of the blood vessels. An increase in blood pressure is hypertension and a decrease is hypotension.
Some key points.
Hypertension is increased blood pressure against the blood vessel, the pressure is considered high if it over 140 and 90 mmHg. That is millimetres of mercury.
The diagnosis is made the pressure as the heart pumps out blood that is systolic and/or the pressure when the heart relaxes that is diastolic is high, at a given second.
The patho-physiology or the physical presentation could be;
- decreased cardiac output
- Altered stroke volume.
- Myocardial contractions are disturbed
- Alteration in the vascular chamber volume.
- altered heart rate
- Altered stroke volume.
- increased peripheral resistance
- altered vascular structure
- Altered vascular function.
Causes of hypertension are:
Primary or essential hypertension is seen in adults with no identifiable cause. This is usually develops gradually over the years and some common symptoms seen are:
- being overweight or obese
- lack of physical activity
- too much of salt in the diet
- Too much of alcohol consumption.
Then there is secondary hypertension which is usually a manifestation of an underlying disorder. These systemic disorders are:
- Kidney or renal problems
- Adrenal gland problems
- Thyroid problems
- Certain defects in blood vessels, which usually congenital
- Some medications, including birth control pills, decongestants, OTC pain relievers
- Obstructive sleep apnoea
- Drugs like cocaine and amphetamines
- Alcohol abuse or alcoholism.
Metaphysically I am referring to Louise Hay here, like the patho-physiology puts it, the emotional pathway also talks about hypertension being a fall out of long standing unresolved emotional issue.
Blood is the life energy within a body, movement/circulation of love and vitality through the body, when the blood pressure increases, there is anger, stress, feelings are not being expressed adequately this creates an inner pressure.
In the emotional-physical translation, hypertension is about anger and frustration about unable to do something. It could stem from being frustrated, overwhelmed and out of control about life. there is also a tendency to be a perfectionist, high personal and social standards and intolerance when those are not met, there is a huge trust issue and intrinsic rigidity. Many times there are associated self sabotaging habits like irresponsible eating, lack of proper exercise.
These usually have its root in emotionally stressful homes where high levels of expectations and performance were expected. Our inability to cope up with parental frustration has left us incapable of handling what triggers our anger. Many of us have learnt the lesson of rigidity since we come from families with rigid religious or political beliefs. We transfer these cope up mechanisms into our adult life, our workspace, abusing ourselves emotionally.
Handling hypertension through alternate methods would mean, healing the life style and behavior.
- Altering the belief system and enhancing the new belief. – The core belief is very important here, it could either be resistance or inability to let go. Both situations bring about rigidity and stress.
- Some form of physical activity to ensure body movement.
- Relaxation technique or meditation.
Of course these go hand in hand with the physician’s treatment.