High blood pressure gives few symptoms and most people feel healthy during the early stages. Yet,if undetected and untreated, high blood pressure can be a contributing cause of heart trouble, bloodvessel disease, and degenerative disease of the kidneys. Reaction to various physical and emotionalinfluences may cause the blood pressure to rise. These influences include diet, exercise, exposure tocold, anxiety, quarrelsomeness in the home, guilt, or other emotional distress. Blood pressure thuselevated can remain at an unhealthy high, even if it fluctuates up and down for a time.A low blood pressure is desirable, apparently the lower the better. We do not recognize medically a blood pressure reading that is too low, except in cases of shock. When the blood pressure is low, if the pulse pressure is sufficient to maintain circulation, it is considered normal. Pulse pressure is thedifference between the systolic and the diastolic readings (the high and low readings) obtained indetermining the blood pressure. The average pulse pressure is 40; if it falls below 10, it is inadequate tomaintain circulation.We do not know the exact level at which high blood pressure begins to be damaging, but statisticalcomparisons show that vascular diseases are more common as the blood pressure rises. Since high blood pressure seems to have a definite tendency to be inherited, those having high blood pressure inthe family should be especially careful on all the points given to prevent the disorder. The followingitems are given to assist one to keep a normal blood pressure:1. Exercise is important in keeping the blood vessels in healthy tone, equalizing the "tensions" betweenthe autonomic and somatic divisions of the nervous system, and in clearing the blood of excessive fatsor sugars. Do some useful labor, such as gardening or yard work, at a moderate pace for about onehour each day. The pace should be what is described as "vigorous but not violent". Outdoor labor isusually more beneficial than indoor labor. Even the sense of satisfaction of work well done isstabilizing to the blood pressure.2. Run in place for six minutes twice daily to reduce the blood pressure.3. Starting with the muscles of the legs, thighs, and back, tense the muscles as much as possible andhold for several seconds. Gradually relax. Next, tense the muscles of the abdomen and chest. Repeatthe tensing and slow relaxation process with these areas until all tension is gone. Proceed to the arms,neck, and head. Use this routine twice a day.4. As a tranquilizer, take a long walk at a rapid pace to use up excess nervous energy. Concentrate onthe beauties of nature, the sky and trees, the rocks and flowers as you walk. The stress of life can belargely eliminated by proper attention to exercise, a non-stimulatory diet, and a proper philosophy of life. There should not be enough stress within the available number of hours per day to cause a healthy person to have a breakdown, either mental or physical. A long walk at a rapid pace, or vigorousgardening can reduce nervous tension.5. Practice a deep breathing exercise three times daily. The deep breathing exercise consists of takingvery deep breath held to the count of twenty, exhaling and holding to the count of ten. This can bedone while driving. Repeat twenty to sixty times.