Five Blood Pressure Myths That Can Put Your Heart — And Your Life — At Risk…

If you’re battling hypertension, be warned…

Doctors don’t know what is causing high blood pressure in 85% to 95% of their patients! That means… you could be doing things right now that unknowingly contribute to your high blood pressure problems — and damage your health.

It’s time to uncover the myths surrounding hypertension and get the real truth — so you can get your blood pressure under control, even if you’ve been struggling with it for years!

According to the American Heart Association, a whopping one in three adults has high blood pressure — that’s a total of 77,486,000 people.

The scary thing is… almost 20 million of those folks are totally unaware of it.

Now that bothers me. As a doctor of Oriental medicine and alternative health practices, I’ve seen firsthand what high blood pressure can do to you if left untreated. You could be at risk of heart attack, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure — and a boatload of other potentially life-threatening diseases.

But even if you’re aware that your blood pressure is too high…

…If you don’t know what’s causing your hypertension in the first place — and most doctors couldn’t tell you because they don’t know either—how are you supposed to properly treat it?

If your doctor has his way, you’ll be popping blood pressure pills for the rest of your life. And considering how dangerous the side effects of some of those medications can be, that’s just not a good option.

Following are five big blood pressure myths you need to know about…

Blood Pressure Myth #1: You don’t need to worry about your blood pressure until you start experiencing symptoms like headaches, dizziness, and blurry vision


Your blood pressure could be sky high and you could feel just fine — with no adverse symptoms whatsoever.

That’s because there are no signs and symptoms that are specific to high blood pressure. Even if you do experience symptoms like headache, blurry vision and dizziness, you might not necessarily assume you have high blood pressure. Those same symptoms can appear with any number of other health problems as well.

So you simply can’t diagnose high blood pressure based on how you feel. That’s why it’s often detected too late — when your blood pressure has shot high above normal limits into the potentially lethal range.

Blood Pressure Myth #2: Prescription medication can fix your blood pressure problem for good

Don’t count on it!

Now don’t get me wrong. Prescription drug therapy can quickly reduce your blood pressure. But it only treats your symptoms — not the root causes of why you have hypertension in the first place.

If you go off your blood pressure medication, your hypertension returns — so you end up having to take it for the rest of your life.

The problem is… the longer you stay on prescription drug therapy, the greater your chance of experiencing sometimes dangerous side effects. Just take a look at the unintended consequences of some of the more popular types of blood pressure medications…

  • Diuretics can decrease your body’s supply of vital minerals like potassium, causing weakness, leg cramps and fatigue. They also may increase your blood sugar levels and cause impotence.
  • Beta-blockers may cause insomnia… cold hands and feet… tiredness… depression… a slow heartbeat… symptoms of asthma… and impotence.
  • ACE inhibitors may cause skin rash… loss of taste… a chronic dry, hacking cough… and kidney damage.
  • Calcium channel blockers may cause palpitations… swollen ankles… constipation… headache… and dizziness.

Blood Pressure Myth #3: Stress can make your blood pressure go up, but the effect is just temporary — it always comes down again

Not so fast!

Yes, that’s the way it’s supposed to work. Stress is responsible for initiating your “fight or flight” response. In other words, when you’re confronted with a perceived danger, your body automatically helps your mind to focus… pumps more blood into your muscles… and floods your system with the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol. This causes your blood pressure to go up as well.

After the danger is over, your body is supposed to return to its natural, balanced state. But this process takes a great deal of time — and before your body is back to “normal,” another stressor crops up. You get stuck in a traffic jam… miss a deadline at work… or get a $900 cell phone bill, thanks to your text-happy teenager — and your body is sent into “code red” all over again.

Constant stress over an extended period of time throws your body out of whack and can lead to serious health problems — like high blood pressure… heart disease… and stroke.

Blood Pressure Myth #4: Vigorous exercise helps lower your blood pressure


First, let me say that exercise and blood pressure are closely related. Regular physical activity does make your heart stronger — and a stronger heart is able to pump blood through your body with less effort than a weaker heart. That could result in less pressure on your artery walls — and a lower blood pressure.

According to the Mayo Clinic, regular exercise could help you lower your blood pressure as much as some prescription meds. And, as a side bonus, it could also help you lose some weight.

But difficult or intense physical activity is not necessary to reap weight loss and blood pressure lowering results. In fact, a study at the New York University Medical Center has found that too vigorous exercise could actually increase your risk of heart disease!

Blood Pressure Myth #5: To control your blood pressure, you need to go on a strict diet

Not quite…

Yes, the proper diet is crucial for controlling your blood pressure. But will you have to give up all your favorite foods and be sentenced to a lifetime of eating more wholesome delicacies like spinach and cauliflower?

Thankfully… no.

In fact, you don’t need to be burdened with a specific diet that loads you down with a bunch of necessary measurements or caloric requirements to remember. Eating healthy shouldn’t be that hard.

All you really need to know is what foods cause hypertension — so you can avoid them — and what foods help decrease your blood pressure.

Don’t be bamboozled by blood pressure myths. Get the truth about safe, natural blood pressure solutions that really work!

Two important things to remember:

  1. You could have high blood pressure and NOT KNOW IT. Hypertension doesn’t have specific, easy-to-spot symptoms to clue you in on what’s going on in your body.
  2. You could unknowingly be doing things RIGHT NOW that are contributing to your high blood pressure — thanks to the fact that your doctor probably doesn’t know what’s causing your hypertension in the first place.

You need to know what really causes hypertension — and how to get your blood pressure back to normal again… and keep it there!

My Special Medical Briefing, Natural Natural Ways to Reverse and Prevent Hypertension gives you the proven strategies you need to help keep your blood pressure in the healthy range — even if you’ve been struggling with it for years.


Dr. Mark Wiley

By Dr. Mark Wiley

Dr. Mark Wiley is an internationally renowned mind-body health practitioner, author, motivational speaker and teacher. He holds doctorates in both Oriental and alternative medicine, has done research in eight countries and has developed a model of health and wellness grounded in a self-directed, self-cure approach. Dr. Wiley has written 14 books and more than 500 articles. He serves on the Health Advisory Boards of several wellness centers and associations while focusing his attention on helping people achieve healthy and balanced lives through his work with Easy Health Options® and his company, Tambuli Media.