Man, 84, was hospitalized after drinking licorice tea twice a day for fourteen days, raising his blood pressure to dangerous levels
- The unnamed patient had already been diagnosed with high blood pressure
- Doctors who treated him revealed that he could have controlled his condition
- He was worried when his blood pressure had been high for a whole week
- The man went to the emergency department of McGill University in Montreal
- He admitted to drinking a home-made licorice brew for two weeks
An elderly man spent two weeks in the hospital after drinking licorice tea, raising his blood pressure to a dangerous level.
The unnamed 84-year-old was already diagnosed with high blood pressure, medically known as hypertension, for his ordeal.
Doctors who treated him indicated that he could have kept his condition under control in the months prior to his 13-day hospital stay.
But his love for his home-made licorice brew ensured that his systolic value – the highest number – rose to a height of 210 mmHg.
An elderly man spent two weeks in the hospital after drinking licorice tea, raising his blood pressure to a dangerous level
Anything above 180 is known as a hypertensive crisis, which can be life threatening and can cause a range of symptoms, including headache.
However, the man was unaware that his drink was blamed – despite the fact that he knew the connection between licorice and high blood pressure.
The patient took blood pressure measurements for a whole week at home, which continued to show increased readings.
He went to the emergency department of McGill University in Montreal because of his concerns that his blood pressure levels were so high.
The man also complained about headache, photosensitivity, chest pain and fatigue – these are all symptoms of a hypertensive crisis.
Doctors who initially examined him discovered that his blood pressure was 196/66 mmHg, he also showed signs of fluid retention in his calves.
WHY MAY BE NICE DANGEROUS?
Black liquorice is made with root extract from the Glycyrrhiza glabra plant that gives the candy its sweetness.
The root contains a composition called glycyrrhizine.
Glycyrrhizic acid prevents the body from absorbing good potassium, so if you use too much glycyrrhizin, the potassium level may fall below the normal level.
The balance between potassium and sodium is the key to healthy heart function.
When the potassium levels are too low, the sodium levels are correspondingly too high.
The imbalance can lead to high blood pressure and disrupt the rhythm of the heart.
Abnormal heart rhythms increase the risk of a heart attack considerably.
Other studies showed that it had a low potassium content of 2.5 mmol / L – below the recommended 3.5-5 mmol / L.
& # 39; Excessive amounts of some herbal products can have harmful side effects & # 39 ;, said Dr. Jean-Pierre Falet, one of the authors of the case report.
& # 39; Products containing licorice root extract can raise blood pressure, cause water retention and lower potassium levels if used in excess.
& # 39; Given the multicultural population of Canada, doctors should consider screening for licorice root intake in patients with difficult to control hypertension. & # 39;
In the Canadian Medical Association Journal, doctors wrote that he had measured a blood pressure value of 125/60 mmHg four months earlier.
His first symptoms disappeared after just 24 hours in the hospital. However, his shortness of breath remained with him for a few days.
When questioned to doctors, the man admitted that he had eaten a homemade licorice root extract daily.
He revealed that for two weeks he drank an & # 39; erk sous & # 39; extract twice before going to the hospital with dangerously high blood pressure.
In the medical journal, doctors wrote that the patient knew about the link between licorice and high blood pressure.
However, the team that treated him said: & # 39; He didn't think about it when he noticed that his blood pressure was rising. & # 39;
The man did not use licorice while he was in the hospital. His blood pressure gradually improved after almost two weeks in care.
He was sent home with a cocktail of drugs, which he had to take along with the rest of his usual medicines.
The patient returned to the clinic three weeks later. Dr. Falet and team said that his blood pressure was 110/57 mmHg and that he was feeling well.
He had not taken a drop extract since his hospitalization and his potassium level returned to normal (3.8 mmol / L).
WHAT DOES IT MEAN IF I HAVE A HIGHER BLOOD PRESSURE?
High blood pressure or hypertension rarely has noticeable symptoms. But if left untreated, it increases your risk of serious problems such as heart attacks and strokes.
More than one in four adults in the UK have high blood pressure, although many will not realize it.
The only way to find out if your blood pressure is high is to have your blood pressure checked.
Blood pressure is recorded with two digits. The systolic pressure (higher number) is the force with which your heart pumps blood around your body.
The diastolic pressure (lower number) is the resistance to blood flow in the blood vessels. They are both measured in millimeters of mercury (mmHg).
As a general guide:
- high blood pressure is considered to be 140/90 mmHg or higher
- ideal blood pressure is considered between 90/60 mmHg and 120/80 mmHg
- low blood pressure is considered 90/60 mmHg or lower
- A blood pressure value between 120/80 mmHg and 140/90 mmHg can mean that you run a high risk of developing high blood pressure if you do not take steps to control your blood pressure.
If your blood pressure is too high, it will put extra pressure on your blood vessels, heart and other organs, such as the brain, kidneys and eyes.
Persistent high blood pressure can increase the risk of a number of serious and potentially life-threatening conditions, such as:
- heart disease
- heart attacks
- heart failure
- peripheral arterial disease
- aortic aneurysm
- kidney disease
- vascular dementia
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