The Office: DNA for High Blood Pressure
Stages of high blood pressure are different for the USA medical establishment and for the International medical establishment.
Outside the USA and according to the International Society for Hypertension high blood pressure has 4 stages:
- Normal blood pressure: Systolic less than 130 and diastolic less than 85
- High normal blood pressure: Systolic 130 to 139 and diastolic between 85 and 90.
- Grade 1: Systolic 140 to 159 and diastolic 90 to 99
- Grade 2: Systolic greater than 160 and diastolic greater than 100
Within the United States the numbers are different:
- Normal: Less than 120/80 mm Hg;
- Elevated: Systolic between 120-129 and diastolic less than 80;
- Stage 1: Systolic between 130-139 or diastolic between 80-89;
- Stage 2: Systolic at least 140 or diastolic at least 90 mm Hg;
There are 2 types of high blood pressure: 1. Primary and 2. Secondary. Primary hypertension has no known cause and Secondary has a cause – usually blockage of renal arteries called Renal Hypertension.
Our profession in most states or countries takes a back seat to western medicine and therefore we are not allowed to interfere with a doctor’s recommendation or prescription of pharmaceutical drugs.
Having said this it is interesting to look at world wide longevity double blind studies on high blood pressure medications and their effectiveness. It turns out that treating mild hypertension has no long term value in a patient avoiding a future heart attack or stroke. The NNT values for medicating mild hypertension are 0 and approximately 12 percent of the patients taking these medications suffer from their side effects.
The real value of treatment occurs when treating Stage 2 or Grade 2 hypertension. I was told recently that the benefit was 10 percent. This means that 10 percent of the medicated hypertensive patients avoided a future heart attack or stroke. I would like to verify this data and so far have not found its source. However, I wouldn’t be surprised.
DNA for high blood pressure is quite simple:
- Ear Shen Men – bilateral.
- Yin Tang
- Needle or bleed the apex of the ears
- Needle as many of the Jing Well points that the patient can handle.
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