Blood pressure is the measure of the force of blood pushing against the blood vessel walls or the walls of arteries, throughout the body. For those who suffer from hypertension, this pressure is abnormally high. Under this condition the heart must work harder to pump blood. When you visit your general practitioner usually the nurse will check your blood pressure before you meet with your doctor. When they check your blood pressure they use a blood pressure cuff or a sphygmomanometer. This reads two numbers that represent your blood pressure (example: 120/80). The first number is called systolic pressure, which is the pressure exerted by the blood when the heart beats. The second number is called diastolic pressure, which is when the heart is at rest in between beats. The readings are as follows: 

• Normal: lower than 120/80
• Pre-hypertension: 120-139/80-89 
• Stage 1 hypertension: 140-159/90-99 
• Stage 2 hypertension: higher than 160/100 

Hypertension is known as the “silent killer” because it usually causes no symptoms. Because of this many Hispanic Americans among other races fail to detect their high blood pressure on time. An article by states that The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that Hispanics with hypertension are less likely to be aware of their condition. Eupore PubMed Central made a study about Hispanics and hypertension. In the summary it states that only approximately half of hypertensive Hispanic Americans knows that they have high blood pressure, and only approximately one fourth of these have their blood pressure under control. In conclusion they found that hypertension is a major health threat in the Hispanic community. 

The reasons for hypertension are unknown but there are some factors that may play a role in its development such as stress, genetics, high sodium consumption, chronic kidney disease, obesity, smoking, excessive use of stimulants such as coffee or tea, smoking, and arteriosclerosis. The reason Hispanics are at a higher risk may be due to acculturation, low-income, no health insurance, and also not giving so much thought to this condition until it is too late. 

If you are someone who has this condition or know of someone who has hypertension then Natura-Genics® has a solution for you. Pressure X™ is a natural supplement that contains herbs such as hawthorn berries and cayenne that are known to help lower high blood pressure. For better results, it can be combined with Garlic 3000™. Garlic is effective in lowering blood pressure. 

In order to achieve optimum health you have to discipline yourself by eating healthy (living foods), exercising regularly, drinking plenty of water, resting, as well as taking the recommended supplements, as well as monitoring your blood pressure. 

Work cited: Cangiano JL Hypertension Section, VA Medical Center, San Juan, PR 00927-5800. Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine [1994, 61(5):345-350] Newswire, P. (n.d.). Uncontrolled Blood Pressure Highest Among Hispanics, Prompting New Hypertension Project in Miami . Retrieved February 10, 2013, from HispanicBussiness Inc.: Uncontrolled Blood Pressure Highest Among Hispanics, Prompting New Hypertension Project in Miami (2010). In P. A. Balch, Prescription for nutrional healing (p. 500-506). Canada: Penguin Goup

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