Blood Pressure Support Protocol from Stephen Sinatra, MD
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For most adults, there’s no identifiable cause of high blood pressure. Primary (essential) hypertension tends to develop gradually over many years. Most people with high blood pressure have no signs or symptoms.That is why monitoring blood pressure throughout life is so important, and why a lifestyle to support healthy blood pressure is important as well.
Risk factors for hypertension include:
- Age. The risk of high blood pressure increases as you age. Until about age 64, high blood pressure is more common in men. Women are more likely to develop high blood pressure after age 65.
- Race. High blood pressure is particularly common among people of African heritage, often developing at an earlier age
- Family history. High blood pressure tends to run in families
- Weight. The more you weigh, the more blood you need to supply oxygen and nutrients to your tissues. As blood flow increases, so does the pressure on your artery walls.
- Inactivity. People who are inactive tend to have higher heart rates. The higher your heart rate, the harder your heart must work with each contraction and the stronger the force on your arteries.
- Smoking/tobacco. Not only does smoking or chewing tobacco immediately raise your blood pressure but the chemicals in tobacco can damage the lining of your artery walls. This can cause your arteries to narrow and increase your risk of heart disease
- Stress. High levels of stress can lead to a temporary increase in blood pressure.
- Too much salt (sodium) in your diet. Too much sodium in your diet can cause your body to retain fluid, which increases blood pressure.
- Too little potassium in your diet. Potassium helps balance the amount of sodium in your cells. A proper balance of potassium is critical for good heart health
- Alcohol. more than one drink a day for women and more than two drinks a day for men may affect blood pressure.
- Certain chronic conditions: diabetes, kidney disease and sleep apnea increase your risk of high blood pressure.
As one of America’s well known top integrative cardiologists, Dr. Stephen Sinatra is offering his Blood Pressure Support Protocol to Wellevate practitioners, and outlines his 6 steps to support healthy blood pressure:
- Heart healthy diet with foods that lower blood pressure such as apples, blueberries, garlic, onions, dark chocolate and natto.
- Hydration with plenty of purified water: 64 oz daily
- Exercise at least 30 minutes a day
- Lower stress
- Detoxify your water, food, home and environment
- Supplements like magnesium, CoQ10, omega 3, garlic and hawthorne
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Dr. Stephen Sinatra is founder of the New England Heart Center, where he became known as one of America’s top integrative cardiologists by combining conventional medical treatments for heart disease with complementary nutritional, anti-aging and psychological therapies.
He is a best-selling author of more than a dozen books, including, “The Great Cholesterol Myth” and “Reversing Heart Disease Now,” Through his books and educating the public on major media outlets including CNN, MSNBC, and The Dr. Oz Show, Sinatra, has helped tens of thousands of people to achieve better heart health and lead long, healthy and active lives.
Dr. Sinatra is board certified in cardiology, internal medicine and anti-aging medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (F.A.C.C.) and American College of Nutrition (F.A.C.N.), a Board Certified Nutrition Specialist (C.N.S.) and a Certified Bioenergetic Psychotherapist (C.B.T.).