Knowledge of Hypertension, Hope, and Rest
Hypertension, possibly the most silent and deadly factor in the role of heart disease, can be the easiest and controllable factor in preventing further events.
“My son, do not forget my teaching,
but keep my commands in your heart,
for they will prolong your life many years
and bring you peace and prosperity.
Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.
Then you will win favor and a good name
in the sight of God and man.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.”
Prolonging life many years is the goal of many with a chronic condition, living peacefully and with faith is doable, when we submit to God in all our ways . Awareness of risk factors affects our peace for the better, the more we can do to help understand those factors and reduce them, the less fear exists of another occurring event. We will discuss some statistics and go into detail in the days to come about knowing your numbers for Cholesterol. Today the focus will be on the risk factor of Hypertension.
Hypertension is a condition where the heart is simply working too hard. Blood pressure is the force with which the heart pumps blood to the rest of the body. Thus, HYPER—is above and beyond working to pump that blood.
Medline Plus describes it this way:
“Blood pressure is the force of your blood pushing against the walls of your arteries. Each time your heart beats, it pumps blood into the arteries. Your blood pressure is highest when your heart beats, pumping the blood. This is called systolic pressure. When your heart is at rest, between beats, your blood pressure falls. This is called diastolic pressure.
Your blood pressure reading uses these two numbers. Usually the systolic number comes before or above the diastolic number. A reading of
- Depeniding on size of a person and gender a bp of 110-130/60-80 is near the normal blood pressure
- 140/90 or higher is high blood pressure
- Between 120 and 139 for the top number, or between 80 and 89 for the bottom number is called pre-hypertension. Prehypertension means you may end up with high blood pressure, unless you take steps to prevent it.”
High blood pressure usually has no symptoms, but it can cause serious problems such as stroke, heart failure, heart attack and kidney failure.”
Most likely medications have been prescribed to help lower blood pressure. A diet low in sodium has also been discussed. Please use the tools on the American Heart Association’s page for limiting salt in the diet. Losing weight is also a proactive way to lower blood pressure. We will discuss that day 9.
My prayer for you today is that your heart not work so hard. Rest in the one who secures your fate, trust in His provision, lean on Him for understanding,and take a small amount of advice from Zophar from the book of Job.
devote your heart to him
and stretch out your hands to him,
put away the sin that is in your hand
and allow no evil to dwell in you,
then, free of fault, you will lift up your face;
you will stand firm and without fear.
You will surely forget your trouble,
recalling it only as waters gone by.
Life will be brighter than noonday,
and darkness will become like morning.
You will be secure, because there is hope;
you will look about you and take your rest in safety.
You will lie down, with no one to make you afraid,
and many will court your favor.