Hypertension is the medical term for high blood pressure. Hypertension is a common cardiac problem globally, but more so among black people. It refers to a condition in which the force of the blood against the artery walls in the heart and all over the body is too high. Most cases are referred to as essential hypertension because doctors are unable to identify a clear-cut cause of the condition. Secondary hypertension occurs when the problem is traceable to an organ malfunction like the kidneys, the heart, the thyroid gland, the adrenal gland or the liver. A hypertensive person may experience no symptom for years, hence the reference to it as a “silent killer”. Others may experience the occasional headaches.

Uncontrolled hypertension can cause stroke and kidney damage. It is a common cause of sudden death, even in the young. Prevention of hypertension is best, but once it has developed, it is imperative to find the underlining cause where there is one, and to treat decisively. Poor diet, lack of physical exercise, general unhealthy lifestyle and concurrent illnesses often make blood pressure control difficult in the hypertensive. Bioenergetic testing at Mart-Life Detox Clinic is often helpful in identifying the many factors that lead or contribute to the development of hypertension in an individual. This makes it easy to embark on a holistic management approach, inculcating the Mayr detoxification programme and proper, heart-friendly nutrition.