The HeartMath Approach to Managing Hypertension: The Proven, Natural Way to Lower Your Blood Pressure

The HeartMath Approach to Managing Hypertension: The Proven, Natural Way to Lower Your Blood Pressure

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781572244719
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 01/28/2007
Series: Unassigned Series
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 152
Product dimensions: 6.48(w) x 7.58(h) x 0.46(d)

About the Author

Doc Childre is the founder and chairman of the scientific advisory board of the Institute of HeartMath, the chairman of HeartMath LLC, and the chairman and CEO of Quantum Intech. He is the author of seven books and a consultant to business leaders, scientists, educators, and the entertainment industry on Intui-Technology®. His HeartMath System and proprietary heart rhythm technology for coherence building, called the Freeze-Framer®, has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Harvard Business Review, Prevention, Psychology Today, Army Times, New York Newsday, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, NBC's Today Show, ABC's Good Morning America, ABC's World News Tonight, CNN Headline News, CNN.com, as well as numerous other publications and television programs around the world. Doc is also the acclaimed composer of three albums, whose concept of designer music became internationally recognized through his first album, Heart Zones, which spent fifty consecutive weeks on Billboard Magazine's music chart.

Bruce C. Wilson, MD, is a cardiologist who gives lectures and teaches seminars on the HeartMath tools for stress reduction and better health. He helped develop the HeartMath Health Care Division.

Table of Contents


Foreword     ix
Acknowledgments     xv
Introduction     1
Prevention and Control
The HeartMath Approach
What Is Blood Pressure?     11
Problems with Blood Pressure
Measuring Blood Pressure
A Closed System
Causes of High Blood Pressure     17
Genetics
Hypertension in African-Americans
Obesity
Lack of Physical Activity
Excess Salt in the Diet
Age
People at Increased Risk for Development of Hypertension
Secondary Hypertension
The Kidneys
The Adrenal Glands
Other Problems
Dangers of High Blood Pressure: Why Should You Treat It?     31
The Heart
The Brain
Kidney Disease
Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)
The Eyes
Drug Treatment of Hypertension     41
Diuretics
Beta-Blockers
Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Inhibitors and Angiotensin Receptor Blockers
Calcium Channel Blockers
Other Types of Drugs Used to Treat Hypertension
An Important Comment on Drugs
Lifestyle Changes That Help Lower Blood Pressure     53
Diet
Exercise
Smoking
Stress
Stress and Hypertension     61
Our View of Stress
The Human Stress Response
A Slower Set of Changes-The Hormonal System
The World in the Twenty-first Century
When the Stress Button Gets Stuck
Resetting Your Thermostat     75
Stories of Resetting Pressure Levels
When Stress Becomes an Addiction
The Power to Change
The Big Connection     81
TheHeartMath Story, as Told by Founder Doc Childre
Understanding the Power of the Heart
A New Research Tool-HRV
The Three Levels of the Human Brain
The Heart-Brain Connection
The HeartMath Tools     93
How Controlling HRV Can Reverse Stress
First Things First-Recognizing That Your Stress Button Has Been Pushed
Neutral-The Most Basic Tool
Quick Coherence
Rewriting Your Patterns     107
Writing New Patterns
Heart Lock-In
HeartMath Studies     117
Early Results
Correlating Mood and Blood Pressure
Beyond the Corporate World
HeartMath in Health Care
HRV Feedback Tools
Creative Stress
The End Is Just the Beginning     131
Classes of Drugs Used to Treat Hypertension     135
Learn More About HeartMath     141
References     147

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