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When it comes to elevated blood pressure, typically patients will be prescribed one or more medications to lower blood pressure back into a healthy range. This is important because elevated blood pressure introduces health risks such as heart attack, stroke, heart failure, vision loss, kidney disease, and sexual dysfunction.

Achieving healthy blood pressures is important to us at IHM, and we’ve noticed some common threads that are sometimes not investigated when it comes to blood pressure, but can make a big difference.

* How are you sleeping? If you are having frequent wake ups, snoring, or have sleep apnea that is not well controlled, you are at increased risk of high blood pressure.

* How is your dental health? If you have had extensive dental work or have smoldering infections, this could be connected to blood pressure elevations, and further increase your risk of cardiovascular disease.

* How is your diet? Not only does poor diet contribute to bloodpressure elevations, but non-organic diets with high pesticideresidues may contribute to inflammation in the cardiovascular system and elevation of blood pressure.

* How is your exercise routine? Sedentary lifestyles are associated with high blood pressure. Exercise improves vascular health and blood pressure by improving blood flow and vessel wall integrity.

When it comes to blood pressure, makes sure you are leaving no stone unturned in pursuit of root causes!