To make things more practical, in the next video, I will discuss a topic that has been a concern for many families at some point - I'm referring to high blood pressure.
Maintaining proper blood pressure is essential for blood to reach every corner of our body correctly. Think of your heart as a pump that, with each beat, sends blood throughout your body. Near the heart, this "pump" pushes with more force, but as the blood travels, the pressure decreases. The force with which the blood presses against the walls of our arteries is what we know as blood pressure.
The amount of blood the heart pumps and the size of the arteries it travels through determine our blood pressure. If the heart pumps a lot of blood or the arteries are very narrow, the pressure will be higher.
To better understand, we measure blood pressure at two times: when the heart contracts (systole) and when it relaxes (diastole). Imagine your heart is like a balloon. Systolic pressure is when you inflate the balloon (heart contracted) and diastolic is when you stop inflating and the balloon relaxes a bit (heart relaxed).
If you went to a doctor and they told you your pressure is "110 over 75", it's a simple way of saying your systolic pressure is 110 and diastolic is 75, which is good!
However, situations like stress can temporarily raise our pressure. If someone consistently had a reading of "140 over 90", they could have high blood pressure. If this isn't managed, it can affect vital organs like the brain and kidneys and, in severe cases, lead to a stroke. That's why it's so crucial to maintain our pressure at proper levels.
When only one of the blood pressure numbers rises, it points to specific issues. A high systolic indicates problems in arteries near the heart, while a high diastolic is linked to kidney issues. Usually, renin is secreted to adjust low blood pressure, but some people secrete it abnormally, maintaining high-pressure levels. Renin is a hormone produced by the kidneys. It controls the production of another hormone called aldosterone, produced in the adrenal glands, two small organs located above the kidneys. A sudden rise in blood pressure can cause symptoms like headaches, neck stiffness, ringing in the ears, and seeing "floaters". However, some with chronic high tension don't experience these symptoms but face a high risk of suffering a stroke, constantly putting their lives in danger.
In upcoming videos, I'll show procedures that doctors perform and publish on certain private TV programs that aren't available to everyone. However, we will give them all the credit they deserve and continually thank them for the practical procedures that often yield satisfactory outcomes.