Close to 70 million people throughout the United States have high blood pressure. On top of this, one-third of all Americans have a condition called prehypertension, which refers to those who possess higher than typical blood pressure counts. More concerning is that one-fifth of all American adults do not know they have high blood pressure due to unrecognizable symptoms. Fortunately, those who suffer from high blood pressure can turn to our Lithia Springs Chiropractors as a safe, alternative resource to prescription medications.
Blood Pressure and Hypertension
Blood pressure is considered to be the force of the blood as it flows against the walls of the arteries. The two numbers that are reviewed during a blood pressure check are systolic and diastolic. Systolic refers to the top number that measures the pressure in the arteries as the heart beats. Diastolic refers to the bottom number that measures the pressure between each beat.
Healthy adults have a blood pressure count of 120/80 or lower. Those who suffer from prehypertension typically have a number between 120-139/80-89. And, hypertension counts in stage one of the condition is 140-159/90-99. Stage 2 sees patients with a blood pressure count of 160/100 or higher.
The Impact of Hypertension
Hypertension is a serious condition that can have a devastating impact on those who do not seek treatment or try to manage their blood pressure. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cites high blood pressure as the leading cause of over 360,000 deaths each year. High blood pressure also increases the chances of experiencing:
- Heart attacks
- Chronic heart failure
- Kidney failure
Treating High Blood Pressure
Diagnosing high blood pressure is simple compared to other conditions, and there are plenty of options available when it comes to treatment. Often, primary physicians prescribe medications to manage high blood pressure, but such drugs tend to come with adverse side effects. If you are interested in using natural alternatives to medicine, adding adjustments to your overall lifestyle can have a significant impact on reducing high blood pressure to normal levels. Exercising on a regular basis, losing weight through a healthy diet, limiting your alcohol intake, and quitting smoking are all excellent ways to address hypertension.
Chiropractic Treatment Can Help Reduce High Blood Pressure
Chiropractic Adjustments are proven to significantly help stabilize high blood pressure. In fact, regular adjustments, along with exercise and maintaining a healthy diet, can prevent other conditions from developing, including the leading killer of men and women, heart disease. To learn more about the health benefits of Chiropractic care or to schedule an examination to address high blood pressure, contact our clinic by dialing (404) 602-0388. AICA Lithia Springs is available Monday through Sunday for your convenience.