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An Unrecognized Sign of High Blood Pressure

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Nocturia is a condition causing you to awaken at night to urinate; researchers found a correlation between those who get up once a night or more with uncontrolled high blood pressure
  • Several factors affect your risk of high blood pressure, including an imbalanced potassium to sodium ratio, lack of exercise and poor dietary choices
  • Eating a Mediterranean or Pan-Asian Modified Mediterranean diet emphasizes eating healthy fats, fresh fruits and vegetables while minimizing synthetic fats, all of which help control your blood pressure
  • Incorporating the Nitric Oxide Dump exercise may help relax your arterial system and contribute to controlling your blood pressure; do the exercise at home or work as it takes just four minutes, two to three times a day

Blood pressure is a measurement of the force your blood exerts as it pushes against your arteries. Blood pressure will normally rise and fall throughout the day but when it remains consistently high it becomes a significant concern as this pressure may damage your heart and cause other health problems.

In 2017, the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology, along with nine other health organizations, changed the cutoff used to diagnose high blood pressure from 140/90 to 130/80. This slight shift increased the number of people diagnosed to include many who had previously been considered healthy.

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