This condition is often called the silent killer because a person can be suffering from high blood pressure and not have any noticeable symptoms.

The exact cause is sometimes hard to pinpoint as well. Contributing factors are heredity, high cholesterol, smoking, stress, high sodium intake, alcohol intake, and obesity.

Secondary hypertension can be caused by pregnancy, birth control pills,diabetes, kidney disease, arteriosclerosis, congestive heart failure, and exposure to heavy metals. The incidence of high blood pressure increases with age, so frequent monitoring is suggested. Left untreated, life span is reduced.

High blood pressure is blood pressure over 140 mm/hg systolic and over 90 mm/hg diastolic.

Symptoms include dizziness, headache, irritability, bloodshot eyes, and edema.

Dietary considerations
Eat a high-fiber diet, and add garlic, celery, olive oil, and flaxseed oil to the diet. Avoid caffeine—it raises blood pressure. Reduce salt, as it promotes fluid retention, which increases blood pressure. Avoid soy sauce,MSG, and canned vegetables. Avoid smoked and aged cheeses and meats,chocolate, canned broths, and animal fats. Limit sugar intake—it can increase sodium retention.

Supplement support for high blood pressure
• Arjuna bark: 500 mg three times daily
• Magnesium: 400–800 mg daily
• Hawthorn: 100–250 mg three times daily
• Vitamin E: 100 IU daily; may be increased to 400–800 IU daily
• B-complex vitamins
• Calcium (citrate): 1,000 mg daily
• Potassium, as directed on product label
• Fiber supplement
• Milk thistle, for liver function
• Garlic, to inhibit platelet aggregation
• Valerian root, for stress
• Black cohosh, to calm the cardiovascular system
• Cayenne, as a blood pressure normalizer