High blood pressure has more misconceptions than nearly any other medical condition. Here are some common misconceptions according to the American Heart Association:
Myth: High blood pressure has many symptoms
Fact: High blood pressure has NO symptoms. That's why it's often called the silent killer.
Myth: High blood pressure is a man's problem
Fact: High blood pressure can be anyone's problem. In fact, women need to be aware of certain things that may put them at greater risk than men
Myth: You don't need to have your high blood pressure checked until you reach middle age.
Fact: Children as young as six can have high blood pressure. It's a good idea to start having your blood pressure checked at an early age.
One effective way to stave off high blood pressure naturally is massage therapy. Long-term studies have shown that a consistent massage program can decrease diastolic and systolic blood pressure; decrease salivary and urinary cortisol stress-hormone levels; and lower sources for depression, anxiety and hostility.
Benefits of Lower Blood Pressure
Lower depression, anxiety, and hostility
Keeps stress hormone levels under control
Low blood pressure can contribute to lowering the odds of having a heart attack, kidney failure, or a stroke