High blood pressure has more misconceptions than nearly any other medical condition. Here are some common misconceptions according to the American Heart Association:
Myth: High blood pressure has many symptoms Fact: High blood pressure has NO symptoms. That’s why it’s often called the silent killer.
Myth: High blood pressure is a man’s problem Fact: High blood pressure can be anyone’s problem. In fact, women need to be aware of certain things that may put them at greater risk than men
Myth: You don’t need to have your high blood pressure checked until you reach middle age. Fact: Children as young as six can have high blood pressure. It’s a good idea to start having your blood pressure checked at an early age.
One effective way to stave off high blood pressure naturally is massage therapy. Long-term studies have shown that a consistent massage program can decrease diastolic and systolic blood pressure; decrease salivary and urinary cortisol stress-hormone levels; and lower sources for depression, anxiety and hostility, as well as many other benefits.
Benefits of Lower Blood Pressure
- Lower depression, anxiety, and hostility
- Keeps stress hormone levels under control
- Low blood pressure can contribute to lowering the odds of having a heart attack, kidney failure, or a stroke