This is the continuation from the last time and it is about another way to detect arteriosclerosis.
The renal arteries carry blood to the kidneys from abdominal aorta and the blood is filtered by the kidneys.
If the renal arteries are narrowed or clogged by arteriosclerosis, the kidney can’t get blood so the kidneys secrete renin which is a kind of enzyme to increase the blood pressure. But since there is a blockage in the renal arteries, the kidney still can’t get blood so again they secrete renin. This process is repeated, resulting in the high blood pressure.
If your blood pressure doesn’t go down with the medication you take now, there is a possibility of the arteriosclerosis of the renal arteries.
In that case, you need to change the medication to the one which weakens the function of the hormone affected by renin and/or widen the narrowed renal artery by a stent that is an expandable tube.
I would like to share what I learned recently.
Arteriosclerosis is hardening of the arteries which is the condition that cholesterol and calcium accumulate in the arteries, making the arteries hard or damaged. Arteriosclerosis can cause a heart attack and stroke.
People often feel sleepy after meals because when you have foods in your stomach, the blood gathers to the stomach, decreasing blood in the brain and you feel sleepy. But there is a dangerous kind of sleepiness after meals.
Carotid sinus is a kind of a sensor to measure the blood pressure in the carotid artery (artery in the neck). If the carotid sinus detects a drop in the blood pressure, it makes the heart rate faster to increase the blood flow to send more blood to the brain. But if there is arteriosclerosis in the carotid artery, the carotid sinus can’t detect the blood pressure, causing a drop in the blood pressure. At that time, you feel sleepy like you faint.
People who experience sleepiness after meals like “Time flies for a while” can have huge drop in the blood pressure after meals.
When there is more than 20 mmHg difference between before and 1 hour after a meal in your blood pressure, that can be a sign of arteriosclerosis in your carotid artery. If you feel sleepy after meals, please check your blood pressure before and 1 hour after meals. If you are healthy, there should not be a huge drop in the blood pressure.
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Free Painless Acupuncture for Kids
Cozy Acupuncture offers Free Pediatric Acupuncture treatment on November 21st, Saturday.
Japanese style Acupuncture for children is very gentle and painless. It does not involve with needles puncturing the skin. It is usually involved with touching and tapping different parts of the body including usually hair, upper back, stomach, forearms and legs with a round-tip needle.
If the parents try not to use a lot of medications for the children, this is an ideal form of treatment and preventive.
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