High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

Blood Pressure is the force used by the heart to keep the blood circulating adequately throughout the blood vessels of the body. The condition of High Blood Pressure or Hypertension is believed to be caused by the narrowing of the smaller arteries throughout the body, causing the heart to pump harder to get the blood to the extremities. There is a hereditary tendency towards high blood pressure but its presence in a parent does not necessarily mean the children will be affected.

Imprudent living and emotional excesses are definitely aggravating influences on blood pressure, even in those who do not have a diagnosed condition of hypertension. In these cases, emotional stress will cause elevated blood pressure for several hours, days or weeks. When the stress is eliminated, the blood pressure will return to normal. In a stressful situation like an argument, the brain sends messages to cope with the emergency. This can, in extreme cases burst the vessels in the brain and cause stroke, or in the heart, to cause heart failure.

How Can Hypnosis Help with High Blood Pressure?

Hypnotherapy and Self-Hypnosis can be employed to effectively control or avoid stress related hypertension (see also Stress). Being overweight and/or smoking contribute to the risk that accompanies hypertension and they can also be treated with hypnotism (see Weight Loss and Smoking). Sometimes a fundamental change in lifestyle is called for, or at least a new way to deal with stressful situations. Hypnosis can play an important role in affecting these changes that will lead to happier, healthier living.


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