There are factors in our environment that we are exposed to on a daily basis that can increase your risk of developing high blood pressure. Extremely common but often overlooked environmental risk factors include heavy metal exposure. Chronic low level exposure over a period of years to heavy metals such as lead and cadmium can increase your risk of developing not only high blood pressure but also kidney disease. Read this article concerning how heavy metal exposure can cause high blood pressure. What's in your environment?
One of the most common side effects of high blood pressure medications is low blood pressure. Low blood pressure can be a cause of dizziness,weakness and increase your risk of falls. Here is a great article for ways to avoid low blood pressure due to high blood pressure medications.
There can be blood pressure that is difficult to control, and then there is blood pressure that is really resistant or hard to control. Resistant hypertension means that you may need a more detailed evaluation as to why your blood pressure is very difficult to control. Here are some indications that you may have resistant hypertension:
* You are needing more than three medications to control your blood pressure.
* Your blood pressure has been normal and all of a sudden your blood pressure has skyrocketed and it is difficult to control.
* You are eighteen years of age less or older than 65 and your blood pressure has suddenly become difficult to control.
* You are told that you have low potassium levels and you are not taking a diuretic than can lower potassium. There are causes of resistant high blood pressure that can also cause low potassium levels and this can be a tip off.
You will need more evaluation including evaluation of certain blood hormones and specialized urinary testing to further evaluate why you may have resistant high blood pressure.
One of the things that I have noticed is that people have several health care practitioners that they may be seeing in addition to their "medical doctor." They are often very hesitant to tell me or their other physicians that they are in fact seeing other health care providers, especially complementary and alternative practitioners. It is only when I say that I have a "network" of practitioners that I consult with including an anti-aging specialist, homeopathic practitioner, acupuncturist, iridologist, herbalist, and nutritionist that the patient will let their guard down and visibly relax. They open up and will tell me things that they felt hesitant to do so before. I find that may patients may be seeing as many as 2-3 other practitioners often trying to treat the same medical conditions that we are. It is only when patients feel safe and in a non-judging environment can healing begin and issues of blood pressure addressed. I would ask you to look at this very poignant post.