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The Test You Need to Take for Heart Health

I have regular Zoom sessions with my clients who are in the Cellular Health Accelerator program. Recently, I had a talk with a client who was curious about blood pressure – what it really means, and how or why it’s linked to heart health. So I thought, this would be a great opportunity to let everyone know exactly what blood pressure is all about.

You can probably grasp this if you think about the phrase “blood pressure,” but it’s the driving force in the body that keeps blood flowing to every organ. It’s generated by the heart, then maintained and transmitted by our blood vessels. When the heart pumps blood through the arteries, the blood pressure on the artery walls. This is known as blood pressure.

Every person is different, but generally, your systolic (top number) should be less than 140mmHg. The systolic number measures the pressure inside your arteries when your heart beats. The diastolic (bottom number) should be less than 90mmHg. A normal BP is 120/80mmHg. The diastolic number is the pressure between beats.

The systolic measures the pressure inside your arteries when your heart beats. The diastolic is the pressure between beats. Nearly 1/3 of people who have high blood pressure don’t know it. There may be no symptoms until damage is already being done!

How Blood Pressure Is Linked to Heart Disease

High blood pressure means that there is too much resistance inside your arteries. This causes arterial damage and increases your risk for stroke, heart attack, heart failure, and kidney failure.

High blood pressure doesn’t have any symptoms unless it’s very severe. These symptoms include:

  • Severe headaches
  • Nosebleed
  • Fatigue
  • Confusion
  • Vision problems
  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Blood in the urine
  • Pounding in your chest, neck, or ears

Having excessively high blood pressure increases the likelihood of developing heart disease.

Why?

As the pressure in your blood vessels increases, your heart has to work even harder to move blood adequately throughout your body and all its tissues. The heart can only meet this strain for so long – if it’s not treated, it can ultimately result in heart failure. I want to note that almost all people with hypertension are insulin resistant. High insulin levels directly cause high blood pressure. As insulin resistance improves, people generally see quick improvements in their blood pressure!

The Test You Need to Take for Heart Health

Inflammation markers can more accurately predict cardiovascular disorders than cholesterol levels, like C-reactive protein (I see lots of labs and don’t often see this value)! Levels can increase with abdominal obesity, periodontal disease, smoking, and high blood pressure. And an Elevated CRP is a greater risk factor than high cholesterol in predicting heart attack and stroke!

If you’re concerned about cholesterol and your heart health – please be sure to get this test, too. Your doctor may be more willing to take your requests under consideration than you might have thought!

God bless,

Dr. Bill Cole