I wish I had had this book when I first started the hypertension ferris wheel. At the time I was dealing with the deadly effects of my disease. My doctors had just started to treat me and my kidneys were responding. The glomera in my kidneys and the blood vessels around my kidneys had been inflammed by the disease.
When I started to come back to the living, my kidneys' glomera were trying to restart. I was doing dialysis. My blood pressure spiked to 200/100. This spike scared my nurses. With the doctors recommendation, I was given a shot that dropped my blood pressure and put me to sleep.
So what would this book have helped me during this strange and difficult time? I have to admit that at the time, I would probably not have understood what I was reading. With the chemo and prednisone that was being shoved into my veins, I had lost my ability to think. But, it would have been comforting to know that I would get better.
This book demistifies hypertension. There are several organs besides the heart and arteries that can cause high blood pressure. Many organs in the body regulate high blood pressure. Also, if you have a spike in blood pressure, it can actually tell the doctor that you are having problems in one or more of these systems. In my case it was the kidneys. In others it can be the lungs.
There are some steps that you can take to decrease your hypertension such as quit eating salty foods, quit smoking, exercising, and eat potassium rich foods (apples, potatoes, and bananas). Also, if these steps don't work, this book has information on the different types of medication that you might need.
I take calcium blockers and other medications to keep my blood pressure in good order.
You might think that hypertension could never happen to you. That is the same attitude that I had. I was in great health, or so I thought, for most of my life. It is important to keep track of the simple things so that if you have a big problem, you might be able to fix it before you have a bigger problem.
Yep, I learned it the hard way.