Blood Pressure Essay

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“Choose a medical condition that interests you and research it. Write about the possible uses of hypnosis in the treatment of the condition as you see them”. Introduction High blood pressure or hypertension is a condition that left untreated can cause stroke, kidney disease, heart problems that will ultimately kill a sufferer. The major problem with hypertension is that it does not have readily apparent symptoms and, for this reason, it is also known as ‘the silent killer’. According to NHS Direct around 30% of people in the UK have high blood pressure but don’t know it. The only way of knowing there is a problem is to have your blood pressure measured. It is recommended that all adults should have their blood pressure checked at least every five years and actively monitor it so that corrective action can be taken should it be necessary. Hypertension is a chronic condition and once it has been diagnosed and a treatment plan agreed the patient will be taking medication for the rest of his life. The conventional treatments for hypertension revolve around medication that will reduce the risk of stroke, kidney failure and heart failure. The use of hypnotherapy to compliment these conventional treatments and the type of therapies that could be used is considered in this paper. However, it is important that the client does not see hypnotherapy as an alternative to their prescribed conventional treatment as serious problems can arise if the client stops the medication. What is meant by high blood pressure? When a doctor checks a patient’s blood pressure, he is measuring how strongly blood presses against the walls of the arteries as it is pumped around your body by the heart. If this pressure is too high it puts a strain on the arteries and the heart, which raises the risk that a patient will suffer a heart attack, stroke or kidney disease. Blood pressure is

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