Living With Hypertension and Neck Pain

You probably have a condition referred to as hypertension and neck pain if you have ever felt like your blood was going to boil and you could just barely rotate your neck. You can feel some neck pain but you can not normally detect high blood pressure without a blood pressure monitoring device.

On an average day the heart will beat about 100,000 times to pump 2,000 gallons of blood through your veins and blood vessels. The force of the blood against the inside walls of your vessels, plus your vessels resistance to blood flow, create blood pressure. It makes sense that the fewer obstacles you have restricting the blood flow, the lower the pressure will be; this is very similar to what happens when you flush the toilet.

Medical experts agree that the normal blood pressure for adults is less than 120/80.

Hypertension can be described and categorized as either essential (primary) or secondary.

  • Essential hypertension indicates that no specific medical cause can be found to explain a patient's condition.

  • Secondary hypertension indicates that the high blood pressure is a result of another condition such as kidney disease or certain tumors.

Persistent high blood pressure is one of the risk factors for strokes, heart attacks, heart failure, and arterial aneurysm and is a leading cause of chronic renal failure.

Even a moderate elevation of arterial blood pressure leads to shortened life expectancy. 


NeckAround 70 million people in the United States suffer from neck pain and high blood pressure, and around one-third of them do not have a clue that they need treatment. By having a physical examination one time a year, any increase in your blood pressure will be recognized and treated, along with your stiff neck.

After it has been established that you are suffering from hypertension and neck pain, you and your doctor need to establish a realistic blood pressure goal for yourself just like you would do if you were trying to lose weight. At this point you should purchase a home blood pressure monitor. By charting your blood pressure on an hourly, daily, weekly, and monthly basis, certain trends may jump out at you that will help you attack your stiff hypertension and neck pain.


For a majority of people who suffer from neck pain and hypertension, making changes in their diet and incorporating daily exercise into their routine makes them healthy again. Those in the minority will require some form of medication, which will be prescribed by your physician.


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