One-third of the adult population, about 70 million Americans, have hypertension (high blood pressure).
Also, one-third of Americans has pre-hypertension, which means greater than normal blood pressure.
Even more alarming: 1 in 5 adults with high blood pressure are unaware they have it because typically there are no symptoms associated with this condition.
Fortunately, the Chiropractors at AICA College Park offer a drug-free approach to treating high blood pressure.
Understanding Blood Pressure and Hypertension
Each time the heart beats, it is pumping blood into the arteries of the body. Blood pressure is the force of the blood as it pushes against the arterial walls.
The two numbers in a blood pressure reading are 1) systolic, the top number that measures the pressure in the arteries when the heart beats, and 2) diastolic, which is the bottom number measuring the pressure in the arteries between each beat.
The Risks of Hypertension
This common illness is more dangerous and fatal than most people realize. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) listed hypertension as the primary or contributing cause of more than 360,000 American deaths in 2013. That’s nearly 1,000 deaths per day.
The CDC also asserts that with high blood pressure, there’s a greater risk of other dangerous conditions such as:
- Chronic heart failure: 70 percent of adults with chronic heart failure have hypertension
- First heart attack: 70 percent of adults who have a first heart attack have hypertension
- First stroke: 80 percent of adults who have their first stroke have hypertension
Chiropractic Adjustments and Lowered Blood Pressure
The Journal of Human Hypertension published a study that demonstrated a marked decrease in blood pressure following a chiropractic adjustment to the Atlas vertebra (located at the base of the skull).
This study involved 50 individuals with hypertension; the improvement in blood pressure levels continued into the eighth week following the adjustment (potentially longer, as the study only assessed the patients following the adjustment and at a follow-up visit eight weeks later).
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