top of page


Hypertension – What you need to know

About 75 million American adults (~32%) have high blood pressure – that’s 1 in every 3 adults. Hypertension (high blood pressure) is the pressure of your blood against your arterial walls. The more blood your heart pumps and the more narrow your arteries, the higher your blood pressure. Over time, hypertension can damage blood vessels leading to a stroke, heart attack or other health threats.

Hypertension usually develops over time and when uncontrolled can put you at serious health risks. Hypertension generally affects everyone at some point, generally over the age of 40 years old. With sustained high blood pressure, our blood vessels weaken and loses elasticity which can cause a stroke, aneurysm, heart failure, and other life-threatening disease.


For some people, there are minimal symptoms, even if blood pressure readings are high. Some people experience headaches, shoulder tightness, difficulty sleeping, nose bleeds, chest oppression, and shortness of breath. These symptoms usually don’t occur until blood pressure readings are dangerously high. Even so, you should never wait until your blood pressure readings are high before you seek care and management.

Make sure you measure your blood pressure regularly. Be especially mindful if you have a family history of hypertension and heart disease as genetic factors can raise your chances of developing the disease. Consult your doctor if you have a health concern or develop any symptoms.

Types of Hypertension

Primary (essential) hypertension

There is no known cause for primary hypertension. Generally this type of hypertension develops over time. Most cases of hypertension are classified as primary hypertension. Risk factors for primary hypertension include genetic factors, being overweight, lack of exercise, and stress. Primary hypertension can begin at any age but most often occurs around middle age.

Secondary hypertension

Secondary hypertension usually arises due to an underlying condition like kidney disease, thyroid problems, adrenal tumors, or congenital defects. The rise in blood pressure is usually very sudden and causes higher blood pressure readings than primary hypertension. Long term use of medication can also cause secondary hypertension.

Risk Factors

Age – Risk of hypertension increases as we age. The odds are higher in men and women generally develop the disease after 65

Genetic factors – family history of the disease will increases your chances of developing the disease

Race – Common in the African American population

Tobacco use – Chemicals found in tobacco can damage the lining of your artery walls, causing the arterial walls to become narrow thus increasing blood pressure

Alcohol consumption – Overconsumption of alcohol damages the heart increasing your risk of hypertension

Lack of physical activity – A sedentary lifestyle will increase your heart rate, the harder your heart has to work to contract and pump blood, increasing the pressure within the arterial walls

Stress – High stress levels will temporarily increase blood pressure

Too much salt intake – Increased salt intake will lead to fluid retention, which increases blood pressure

Blood Pressure Range

Normal blood pressure: It’s normal if your readings are below 120/80 mmHg

Elevated blood pressure: Systolic pressure ranging from 120 to 129 mmHg and a diastolic pressure below 80 mmHg

Stage 1 hypertension: Systolic pressure ranging from 130 to 139 mmHg or a diastolic pressure ranging from 80 to 89 mmHg

Stage 2 hypertension: Systolic pressure of 140 mmHg or higher or a diastolic pressure of 90 mmHg or higher. This is a more serious form of hypertension and immediate care and control is required to reduce the risk of developing life-threatening disease


Lifestyle changes to control hypertension include:

  • Eating a well-balanced heart healthy diet

  • Exercise

  • Limiting alcohol consumption

  • Weight management or lose weight if you’re obese


Sometimes lifestyle changes aren’t enough to control high blood pressure. Your doctor may prescribe the following antihypertension medications:

Beta-blockers – Reduces the workload of your heart and widens your blood vessels, causing your heart to beat slower

Calcium channel blockers – Helps relax the muscle of your blood vessels

Diuretics – Also called water pills. Helps the body eliminate water and sodium thus reducing blood volume

Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors – Helps block the body’s natural chemical formation that narrows blood vessels

Angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) – Helps block the action not the chemical formation that narrows blood vessels

Renin inhibitors - Slows down the production of renin, an enzyme produced by your kidneys that starts a chain of chemical steps that increases blood pressure

Herbal care

Herbs that may help lower blood pressure:

  • Ginger

  • Cardamon

  • Garlic

  • Cinnamon

  • Basil

  • Hawthorn

  • Flax seed

  • Cat’s claw

Blood pressure control and treatment is extremely important to ensure you reduce risks of developing life-threatening disease or accident. It is important you consult your doctor if you have hypertension. Monitor your blood pressure at home to make sure it is under management and control.

Natural supplements offers a promising way to help lower blood pressure while eliminating the side effects of antihypertension medications. Ancient Wellness’ Cardiovascular Wellness contains a potent blend of 23 herbal extracts that helps maintain healthy blood pressure. Scientific findings show that a key ingredient Uncaria Vine (Cat’s Claw – Gou Teng) contains alkaloid and hirustine, which acts as a calcium channel blocker, lowering blood pressure by relaxing the muscle of your blood vessels. In the scope of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Uncaria Vine drains liver heat, calms the liver, and pacifies liver yang with symptoms of hypertension, headaches, dizziness, irritability, and red eyes.

It is never too early to make healthy lifestyle changes to protect your health. Eating a balanced healthy diet and being physically active are primary lines of defense against hypertension and its many complications.

Use code WELLNESS at checkout for our Buy 4 Get 1 Free offer on any of our Wellness Series products. Offer valid till 4/30 so don’t wait!


Taking care of yourself is the key to build a strong foundation for your life. It is probably something you know already, just don’t know how to begin, or too busy to act on it. We are offering an amazing opportunity for you to learn more about ways you can regain your natural healthy mind-body. We specialize in Western and Eastern herbal practice, which is a unique fusion style customizable to your needs and preferences! For a first FREE online or in-person consultation with no obligation to purchase, book your appointment via You can also use the following contact information to book your free appt. Limited availability. Get yours booked today~ 🏠Office:

2701 Harbor Blvd Unit E-1 Costa Mesa, CA 92626 United States 📧: ☎️: 602-888-6566

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any disease.



Featured Posts
Check back soon
Once posts are published, you’ll see them here.
Follow Me
  • Grey Facebook Icon
  • Grey YouTube Icon
  • Grey Instagram Icon
bottom of page