The Cause Of Hypertension or High Blood Pressure Tutorial Discussion
The following program presents principles designed to promote good health and is not intended to take the place of personalized professional care. The opinions and ideas expressed are those of the speaker. Viewers are encouraged to draw their own conclusions about the information presented. Hello, I’m Emerson. I’m Medical Director at Eden Valley Lifestyle Center. And I wanted to talk to you today about hypertension. This is actually part of the insulin resistance syndrome. It’s part of a package that we’ve been exploring.
In the series. Like to talk to you about a patient we had Guam. He was the president of the University of Guam and I was called to the emergency room to see him. He was a VIP and so I was little bit apprehensive about going up. But on the way up I reviewed his case as I was driving up to the . We’ve seen him a couple of weeks earlier in the urgent care in a and at that his blood pressure was over . I said to him you know, really with this blood pressure.
This high we usually like to admit you to and try to get it down with medications. And he said oh no, no don’t do that. Anything, can’t you do anything to keep it down here in the . Oh, we gave him a couple of medications. His blood pressure did come down. He did respond. We gave him prescriptions and some medications and told him to follow up with us, because we would need to adjust his medications. Well, he then asked, do I have to take this the rest of my life? I said well that depends. Now if you don’t.
Make any changes probably so that would be advised. On the other hand, if you make some changes you maybe able to get off your medications. Well, one of his situations at that time he was overweight, had a stressful job, he had a high flesh food intake, he smoked, he drank caffeine, he drank alcohol and he got no exercise. And I said if you would want to get off your medicines, if you make some changes, you’ve a very good chance of getting off the medications.
First thing to do would be to stop the flesh foods and get rid of the animal products. Go to a plant based product. This will lower you insulin resistance and start dropping your blood pressure. I told him to start walking. Walking program will be very helpful. Avoid the caffeine. Stop the alcohol. And if you do these things, you’ll find that your mind will start clear and you might have a better experience at work which would decrease your stress level.
At work. Well when I got up to the , I got to hear the rest of the story. He had again done something little bit unusual. He had actually done everything I asked him to do. He is very typeA personality, very motivated. So he actually took a week off the work to make all of these changes. He’d gone on complete vegan diet. He had stopped smoking. He stopped the alcohol. He stopped the caffeine. He started walking. And something he noticed was that when he returned to work about a week later, his mind was clear.
And he was actually on top of his job, instead of trying to catch up. Putting out fires, now he was actually planning how to avoid fires in the future. His stress level was markedly decreased and he is feeling a lot better. Well we had told him to call us if he made any of these changes and he started feeling lightheaded. Well he told his wife at one point, he says you know, I was getting out a chair I felt lightheaded. She says well I’ll your.
What is blood pressure Circulatory system physiology NCLEXRN Khan Academy
So recently I went into my ‘s office, and I was told that my blood pressure was 11575. So I thought we would talk about exactly what this means and try to figure out how to think about blood pressure in general, using these numbers and this experience as kind of a launching point.
So the way I think about blood pressure is I always imagine kind of a tube and I imagine blood going through that tube. And this tube is like a blood vessel. So there’s blood trying to get its way from one side to the other. And on its way, the neat thing that it’s doing is as it flows, it’s pushing out.
So it’s forcing against these walls, and specifically what I mean by that is there are cells and there’s plasma, and all that stuff is pushing out against the walls of the blood vessels. So you’ve got a force, and that force is being exerted on the surface area of the blood vessel. So it’s force over a surface area. And any time you see force over an area,.
You know that equals a pressure. And in this case, it’s a blood pressure because it’s the blood that’s doing that work. So this is how I think of blood pressure, specifically as those little blue arrows. And the two questions that kind of pop into my mind anytime I’m thinking about blood pressure are where is the blood pressure being taken,.
And when are you taking it? So let’s start with the first question, where? And by that I mean where in the circulatory system. So you’ve got the heart and this is my Valentine’s Day heart and you’ve got the aorta coming off of the heart. And it’s got lots of branches, but I’m going to just draw one branch, which is the artery leading off to my arms.
This is called the brachial artery going off to my arm. And usually, I’d say 90% of the time, maybe even more, the blood pressure that you’re getting recorded, or the number that’s being told to you, is being checked at this point. I marked it with a little x because that’s kind of the upper arm. So that’s usually where they’re checking the blood pressure.
And again, they’re checking the force that the blood is putting on the vessel walls. So these little blue arrows. So that answers the where question. And certainly, you can imagine if I checked blood pressure let’s say at some other spot, let’s say over here or over here, you might get a different blood pressure reading than if I checked it at the yellow x.