Hypertension and Marijuana Information: Treat Hypertension With Cannabis

Hypertension is abnormally high blood pressure, which overtime can cause heart problems like heart disease, heart attacks, and strokes. Hypertension develops over years and affects nearly everyone to some extent fortunately it can be controlled by diet and lifestyle choices. The prevalence of Hypertension is blamed on lifestyle and dietary factors, such as physical inactivity, alcohol and tobacco use, and a diet high in sodium. Hypertension is defined as having a blood pressure higher than 140 over 90 mmHg.

There are two types of Hypertension, Primary and Secondary. Primary Hypertension unlikely to have a specific cause but is instead usually a result of multiple factors, including blood plasma volume and activity of the renin-angiotensin system, the hormonal regulator of blood volume and pressure. Primary hypertension is also influenced by environmental factors, including lifestyle-related issues

Secondary hypertension can also result from:

  • Diabetes (both due to kidney problems and nerve damage)
  • Kidney disease
  • Pheochromocytoma (a cancer)
  • Cushing syndrome (which can be caused by use of corticosteroid drugs)
  • Congenital adrenal hyperplasia (disorder of the adrenal glands, which secrete the hormone cortisol)
  • Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid gland).
  • Hyperparathyroidism (which affects calcium and phosphorous levels)
  • Pregnancy
  • Sleep apnea
  • Obesity.

Symptoms:

  • An enlarged or weakened heart, to a point where it may fail to pump enough blood (heart failure)
  • Aneurysm – an abnormal bulge in the wall of an artery (which can burst, causing severe bleeding and, in some cases, death)
  • Blood vessel narrowing – in the kidneys this can lead to possible kidney failure; in the heart, brain and legs, this can lead to heart attack, stroke or the need for amputation, respectively
  • Blood vessels in the eyes my rupture or bleed, leading to vision problems or blindness (hypertensive retinopathies – classified by worsening grades one through four).

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