March 4, 2010

Treatment For High Systolic Blood Pressure

Posted in Category : Common Ailments

High systolic blood pressure is a medical name for high blood pressure and hypertension. This is called as the disease of the modern world and a silent killer. As the heart pumps blood into the arteries, it exerts a force which creates a pressure within the arteries. This pressure is known as the blood pressure. A certain level of blood pressure keeps the blood circulation process going smooth. When the heart contracts to pump the blood, blood pressure is the highest and is called systolic blood pressure. When the heart is between beats or at rest, the blood pressure decreases and is called diastolic blood pressure. The systolic and diastolic blood pressure is together measured as blood pressure. The normal blood pressure is between 120-80 mm mercury. There are many reasons behind high systolic blood pressure, these include, obesity, stress, hormonal changes in women or high intake of sodium. Eating high fat and low fiber or faulty lifestyle could also be the reasons behind high blood pressure.


Symptoms of high blood pressure are palpitations, dizziness, frequent urination, fatigue, nervous tension, difficulty in breathing and pain in the region of the heart. People also experience a pain in the back of the head and neck soon after waking up in the morning; this however disappears soon. To reduce the arterial pressure and to slow down the rapid pulse rate, chew on few raw cloves of garlic. Lemon juice as well as the peel of lemon can be helpful in reducing high blood pressure. Even grapefruit can be helpful in preventing high blood pressure. Watermelon and watermelon seeds prove to be useful in reducing blood pressure. Watermelon can help in dilating the blood vessels which helps in reducing blood pressure.

Natural Treatment

If opting for herbal treatment, then a herb named rauwolfia is useful in reducing blood pressure. Alkaloids present in this herb directly affect hypertension. Avoid taking the drug form of this herb. Instead opt for the raw form or the powder form. Have it thrice in a day for effective treatment. For a person suffering high systolic blood pressure, diet and exercise is of utmost importance. Avoid meat and eggs and incorporate more fruits and vegetables in the diet. Avoid salt as much as possible and its intake should not exceed more than 3 grams in a day. An eight hours sleep and enough rest is vital for people suffering from hypertension. Patients should avoid stress, worry and too much of exertion.