People who suffer from high blood pressure are at an even greater risk of having a heart attack or a stroke. It is a fact that one in three adults have this disease. That amounts to over 70 million Americans. A third of the people in the United States are suffering with pre-hypertension, which means that their blood pressure levels are elevated but not enough to be considered in the high blood pressure range.
This disease is deadly and only 52% of the people with this condition know that they have it. As such, more than 360,000 Americans die annually from high blood pressure or 1000 Americans each day. Sufferers of this illness account for an expenditure of over $46 billion dollars annually for health care costs and high blood pressure medication. Work productivity is also affected globally.
What is high blood pressure and what are its symptoms?
According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, “blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps blood. If this pressure rises and stays high over time, it can damage the body in many ways.” Many people with this disease are not aware, and as such, they develop damage to their kidneys, heart, blood vessels and other parts of your body over time.
What causes high blood pressure?
People who have pre-hypertension or are diabetic are at high risk of having high blood pressure. Unhealthy lifestyle practices or behaviors account for the prevalence of this disease. This includes those who smoke tobacco, consume foods that are high in potassium and sodium, abuse alcohol, are obese, or do not get enough physical activity.
How high blood pressure is usually diagnosed and treated
It is common to see people taking a blood pressure test, even those who do not have high blood pressure. Due to the fact that most people are not aware of having the illness, it is a common practice for doctors to take blood pressure during a visit. In addition, our blood pressure levels are elevated when we are under mental, physical and psychological stress. Along with the use of medication, people with this ailment are often advised to cut drinks like coffee from their diet. The recommendations are aggressive and must be taken seriously. Patients must exercise regularly, maintain a healthy weight and manage their stress levels.
How can chiropractic care help alleviate or treat high blood pressure?
Dr. Holly Clemens has seen many patients who suffer from high blood pressure. These patients leave her office feeling rejuvenated and see immediate results. She uses special techniques realign the Atlas vertebra or chiropractic adjustments to lower high blood pressure. It is able to do what medications can do, but without the horrible side effects.
If you suffer from high blood pressure Dr. Holly may be able to help you! Give us a call at 980.422.2000 to schedule an appointment, during which, Dr. Holly will perform a physical exam and X-rays to determine your current state of health. She will be able to show you in person what spinal abnormalities may be contributing to your high blood pressure state, as well as recommend natural, holistic lifestyle changes to get you on track to better health.
While she has helped many people successfully stop the need for and use of medications, she advises that new patients keep taking any prescriptions until given the okay by herself or by their primary care doctor. Still, we will do everything we can to help you become medication-free as quickly and painlessly as possible!
If you’re not quite ready to commit to an in-person appointment, we would be glad to advise you over the phone. Dr. Holly will provide a FREE 15-minute phone consultation to anyone who is interested and would like to learn more about how chiropractic care can benefit those with high blood pressure. To request a phone consultation, fill out the form on this page. Let us show you why Dr. Holly Clemens at Queen City Health Center is the best chiropractor Charlotte NC has to offer!