IPC Heart Care has excellent testing equipment for assessing central blood pressure, arterial stiffness, and overall cardiac risks. There have been so many times when patients have come to IPC saying that they have symptoms that won’t go away, and that all doctors in the past have said that their blood pressure is normal. Many of these patients have not been normal at all. Sometimes, the blood pressure goes up during certain activities, or at certain times of the day, which slips by the notice of other health centers or doctors. Sometimes the blood pressure appears normal on the arm, but our investigations reveal that the blood pressure in certain arteries is not normal.
At IPC, we not only measure blood pressure on the arm, but we also measure the central aortic blood pressure using the SphygomoCor (TM). IPC’s SphygomoCor (TM) was the 2nd in the country, and many large hospitals even today, do not have one! This simple non-invasive test is used to measure the pressure on the heart itself. It tells us whether the arteries have become stiff, and whether blood pressure has affected the heart. IPC also has ambulatory monitors to monitor blood pressure over 24 hours or more, if necessary.
Because… IPC Delves Deep Into the Root Causes of Hypertension in Each Specific Case:
A detailed investigation is carried out into the contributing factors of hypertension.
Because our Excellent Diagnostics Helps Us Formulate an Accurate Individualized Hypertension Reversal Plan for Each Patient:
Once a complete diagnosis and assessment of the causes of hypertension is carried out, the assigned team of specialists chalks out a tailor-made Hypertension Reversal Programme.
Hypertensive patients are generally categorized into 2 groups – Hypertension without heart disease and Hypertension accompanied by heart disease. The Hypertension Reversal Program includes Diet Recommendations and Counseling, Exercise Programs, Stress Management Counseling, Yoga and Meditation Sessions and Allopathic medication, depending on the specific needs of the patient. In some cases of hypertension with heart disease or high-risk uncontrolled hypertension patients, Arterial Clearance Therapy / Chelation Therapy, and / or EECP (Enhanced External Counterpulsation) Therapy may also be recommended. However, there are strict patient-selection protocols that we follow here, and absolutely must be followed before deciding on the appropriateness of these therapies.
Because… IPC Participates Actively in Every Patient’s Recovery and Motivates an Equally Active Participation from the Patient:
Whatever the level of severity of your condition, IPC is known for its active participation in every patient’s recovery process. Having said that, we at IPC also motivate our patients to become accountable for their own health, and to take an active interest in their health. Without the patients’ cooperation with lifestyle changes, etc, not much can ever be accomplished.
IPC does also prescribe allopathic medication for blood pressure. It is very important to take medication prescribed by your doctor, because high blood pressure can lead to many complications. Our aim is to lower your blood pressure with our holistic hypertension reversal program which tackles all the aspects of hypertension and its specific root causes. Once this happens, the doses of allopathic medication can be slowly reduced. We have many cardiologists on our team, and DrPratiksha, Preventive Cardiologist and Chairperson of IPC Heart Care personally oversees each and every case.
IPC has a host of expert nutritionists who are specialized in heart-related ailments including blood pressure. It cannot be stressed enough how important the role of diet is for lowering blood pressure. Diet recommendations are very specific to individual cases. Our nutritionists / dieticians are ever-ready to have any number of one-on-one sessions with patients and to answer all queries about diet and nutrition.
After a complete analysis of health and fitness levels, including stress tests, our team at IPC including Cardiologists, work out an exercise program for you. Cardiovascular exercise does wonders for softening the arteries, and making them more pliable, thus improving blood circulation and reducing blood pressure. All exercise is carried out under the minutest supervision of your vital signs, etc, and we do not push you beyond your comfort level.
Our stress counselors are there for you any time and any day. So, please do ask for their help. They are absolutely wonderful at their jobs. They are not just trained but are also very experienced with helping people deal with their problems, get a healthy perspective over them and learn how to deal with them in the best possible manner.
Stress management at IPC includes Yoga, Meditation, which you are welcome to practice under the guidance of our instructors at any of our IPC centers for as long as you like, or practice at home after learning how it’s done. We also have any number of books written by various members of IPC on yoga, meditation and relaxation techniques, as well as audio CDs on relaxation. All proceeds on the sale of these go towards the IPC Foundation.
EDTA Chelation Therapy is a non-surgical medical treatment that improves metabolic and circulatory function in many different ways by removing toxic metals (such as lead and cadmium) and relocating abnormally located metallic ions in the body. This treatment may be recommended in some cases of hypertension accompanied by heart disease.
ECP / EECP is a non-invasive procedure that helps to reduce blood pressure when it is caused by atherosclerosis, or blocked arteries. ECP / EECP treatment triggers and accelerates the formation of collateral circulation and makes it permanent. This treatment may be recommended when hypertension is accompanied by blockages in the coronary or other large arteries.
We would just like to emphasize here that proper patient selection process is most important for therapies like ECP / EECP and Chelation. These treatments are not suitable for everyone. Unfortunately today, as with every other therapy, there are people and centers offering these therapies when they are not authorized to do so. Consequently, people with contraindicated health complications, or people who do not need these therapies may be coaxed into taking them. These therapies can prove dangerous or even fatal for people with certain health issues (e.g. Chelation in decreased renal function), and even for healthy or appropriate candidates if proper protocols are not followed during administration.
What Is Blood Pressure?
Simply put, “blood pressure” is the force which is applied onto the walls of arteries, by the flow of blood as it is pumped by the heart. When we measure “blood pressure”, we are measuring this pressure of blood-flow against the arterial walls. When blood pressure is measured, there are two readings. One is the “systolic blood pressure”, and the other is the “diastolic blood pressure”. Systolic blood pressure is the first number, which is the larger number. It represents the force with which the blood flows from the heart into the arteries. The second number, which is smaller, is the systolic blood pressure, which represents the force as the heart relaxes, and allows the blood to flow back into it.
What Is Hypertension / High Blood Pressure?
“Hypertension” or “high blood pressure” is the chronic state of elevated pressure in the arteries. Today, the WHO (World Health Organization) has made standards for “normal blood pressure” stricter. While the standard used to be set at 120/80, today it has been lowered to 115/75. While anything between 130 to 139 / 80 to 89 is considered to be mildly high, it is important to remember that a person cannot be considered to have “high blood pressure / hypertension” with a one-off high reading. Many people have high blood pressure readings at a doctor’s office if they are anxious. In order for a person to be labeled as having “high blood pressure” or “hypertension”, the rule of thumb is that he should have 3 high readings at different occasions. Plus, if a doctor finds a reading high, he generally asks the patient to lie down, makes him relax, and then re-measures the blood pressure.
Hypertension can actually be classified in very many different categories based on the causes of hypertension – whether it is age-related or caused by some other condition; whether hypertension is only systolic or diastolic, or both, etc. Many people also classify “types of hypertension” based on severity as “mild”, “moderate” and “severe”. Based on etiology, however, hypertension is generally classified as “Primary Hypertension” and “Secondary Hypertension”.
Primary hypertension is generally age-related. As we age, our arteries tend to harden, and the passages through which blood flows tend to narrow. This results in the heart having to pump blood harder, which elevates blood pressure.
Secondary hypertension is high blood pressure that results from some other cause. Secondary hypertension can even be seen in children. Some of the causes of secondary hypertension include: renal diseases, certain endocrine diseases, congenital narrowing of the aorta, and during pregnancy – pre-eclampsia or eclampsia.
Symptoms of Hypertension
Hypertension very often does not present with any symptoms till it is too late. That’s why it is often referred to as “the silent killer”. It is therefore extremely important to get your blood pressure measured from time to time. The symptoms of blood pressure can be very varying from person to person. Some symptoms of hypertension or high blood pressure include: headache, nausea, visual symptoms, dizziness, weakness, breathlessness, bleeding from the nose, angina, palpitation, poor tolerance to exercise or exertion. Symptoms of high blood pressure / hypertension are not limited to these. Hypertension can and often does lead to fatal complications, if left unchecked or uncontrolled.
Complications of high blood pressure or hypertension include, but are not limited to:
Death comes to many, as a result of the complications of hypertension. No one with this disease should take it lightly.
The main aim in the treatment of hypertension is to lower blood pressure to anything below 140/90. There are usually two aspects to the treatment of hypertension – pharmacological and lifestyle related. In patients with chronic mildly elevated blood pressure, lifestyle changes are often adequate. However, blood pressure should be monitored regularly, and if high blood pressure persists, the person is often put on medication.
Allopathic medicine uses the following types of drugs for treating hypertension: Diuretics, beta-blockers, calcium channel blockers, ACE inhibitors, Angiotensin-receptor blockers (ARBs), Direct-acting vasodilators, Centrally acting agents, etc.
Lifestyle modification is a very important factor in the treatment and management of hypertension. Generally, patients of hypertension are advised a low sodium diet, regular exercise, reduction of alcohol consumption, smoking cessation and weight reduction.