Everyone fears from heart diseases or cardiovascular disease or say it coronary heart disease. Plaque build-up in the walls of the arteries or atherosclerosis has been found responsible for many heart diseases and conditions When the plaque starts building up the arteries get narrow, which makes it difficult for blood to flow smoothly thus create a risk of heart attack or stroke. Heart failure refers to irregular heart beat or say it arrhythmia this relates to heart valve problems. When a doctor measures the blood pressure s/he writes as a ratio like 120/80 mm. In this ratio the top number is called systolic which measures the pressure in the arteries when the heart beats, while Diastolic is the lower part, it measures the pressure in the arteries between heartbeats. A single high reading did not reflect that you have high blood pressure. However, if readings remain stagnant say on 140/90mm Hg overtime your doctor will start your treatment instantly.
However, according to American Heart Association, alternative therapies like aerobic exercise, isometric hand grip exercises and strength training can help you reduce high blood pressure. Recently, the association has divulged in their scientific statement that alternative approaches can help you in controlling your high blood pressure levels if they are higher than 120/80 mm. Did you know that your blood pressure rises with every heartbeat and falls when your heart relaxes between beats? So in an effort to control your blood pressure the association recommends use of some behavioral therapies like meditation and non-invasive procedures which also includes acupuncture and device-guided slow breathing. Robert D. Brook, M.D., Chair of the panel and as associate professor of medicine at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor said, he often get requests from patients like is there any approach excluding taking medication through which they can control their high blood pressure level. So through these alternative/behavioral approaches an effort has been made by adopting some regime through which people can control their BP.
As there is no risk involved when you adopt this regime and there are no side effects as well. These researchers thus looked at data published in 2006 to 2011 which also included 1000 studies on behavioral therapies, non-invasive procedures and devices. During these studies researchers also reviewed effects of yoga, meditation, breathing, relaxation techniques.
Thus researchers come to the conclusion all these alternative approaches do reduce high blood pressure. A 4 weeks of isometric hand grip exercises reduced blood pressure level by 10 percent. However, if your blood pressure is 180/110 mm Hg or higher don’t try isometric exercise. Walking programs also contributed controlling blood pressure moderately.
Reference: A pilot study