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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (December 10, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471376434
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471376439
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #766,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It is our hidden emotions, the emotions we do not feel, that lead to hypertension," writes Samuel J. Mann, M.D., physician/researcher and Associate Professor at the Hypertension Center at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. "Becoming aware of our hidden emotions and dealing with them can enable both physical and emotional healing," he adds.

Hypertension, commonly known as high blood pressure, affects 50 million Americans and prompts more doctor visits than any other medical condition. In Healing Hypertension, Mann explains how you can tell if hidden emotions are instrumental in your hypertension (they may not be, if your condition is mainly genetic), and if so, how you can get on the path to healing. Some clues that you may be burdened by hidden emotions include emotional trauma that you think is behind you, a habit of not feeling unwanted emotions, a history of emotional isolation, and childhood abuse or severe family dysfunction. Mann also briefly discusses how hidden emotions can affect other medical conditions such as back pain, headaches, and anxiety disorders. He spends most of the book helping you see that hidden emotions may be affecting your hypertension. The last few chapters address where you can go from there. Numerous case histories personalize the information. --Joan Price --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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More than 50 million Americans suffer from high blood pressure, making this disease one of the top reasons for physician visits in the U.S. Most studies on hypertension focus on the cause-effect relationship between type-A personalities?those under extreme stress on a regular basis?and their resulting high blood pressure. This book, however, takes a look at the connection between individuals who repress stress and emotions and their unexplained high blood pressure. Mann, a physician at the Hypertension Center at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, argues that these individuals?the ones with "hidden emotions"?suffer the long-term effects of high blood pressure because the underlying causes of their condition aren't readily identifiable and therefore not addressed. The author offers ways people can find help and lists various medical treatment options. Through statistics and case studies, Mann presents his theory that only by researching a patient's past and finding the unacknowledged source of that patient's stress can the causes of hypertension be addressed and dealt with accurately and effectively. This accessible guide will be especially helpful for people looking to identify the underlying factors that they can control rather than relying on medication.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Samuel J. Mann, MD is a nationally known Hypertension Specialist, Professor of Clinical Medicine at NewYork Presbyterian Hospital - Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York, N.Y, where he combines clinical practice and research. His papers have been published in leading hypertension, medicine and psychology journals.

He is author of 2 books on hypertension:

Hypertension and You: Old Drugs, New Drugs and the Right Drugs for Your High Blood Pressure (Rowman & Littlefield, 2012), focuses on the drug treatment of hypertension, with the message that we have many effective drugs but they are not being prescribed as well as they could be, with the very common consequences of uncontrolled hypertension and avoidable side effects. The reader-friendly book explains what is wrong with how the drugs are prescribed, and how to get it right. It is must reading for anyone taking medication for hypertension.

Healing Hypertension: A Revolutionary New Approach (Wiley, 1999), focuses on the mind/body connection in hypertension. Explaining why the usual suspects, stress, anger and anxiety, are not a cause of hypertension, it presents a very different understanding that is much more relevant to the management of hypertension.

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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 18, 1999
Format: Hardcover
When I picked up Healing Hypertension, I was expecting yet another book on the mind/body connection of hypertension. To my pleasant surprise I found that the book offered fresh new ideas regarding both medical and psychological aspects of the cause and treatment of hypertension.
Dr. Mann's viewpoint differs in many ways from traditional mind/body views. He emphasizes that hypertension is linked to emotions in some people, while it has nothing to do with emotions in others. He discusses how hypertension is linked more to the emotions we have hidden from ourselves than to the emotions we feel, which affect us only temporarily. People who never feel distressed about anything are more likely to develop hypertension than people who do. Traumatic events from the past can affect our blood pressure even decades later. Understanding this, and getting in touch with hidden emotions can then lower blood pressure. Dr. Mann makes his points using many very interesting and quite persuasive case histories and also discussion of many studies. I was very surprised at the considerable evidence that argues against the traditional mind/body concept.
Dr. Mann also discusses how to pick the right blood pressure drug, depending on whether the hypertension is linked to emotions or not. Having felt like my doctor has been picking drugs without any rhyme or reason, and having found little information anywhere on how to pick the right drug, I found the chapter on drug treatment very important.
Healing Hypertension is a fascinating book. It conveys a great deal of new information and yet reads more like a novel than a medical book. I highly recommend it to anyone living with the mystery of hypertension.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 21, 2003
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I have had a problem with white coat hypertension for a long time. I read this book and following his advice regarding the problem of not dealing with hidden emotions has resolved my problem that I thought I could never overcome. I strongly recommend this book especially if you feel that you really don't have hypertension and are just very nervous when your blood pressure is taken.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 20, 2003
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This is one of the best books I've ever read on hypertension. Dr. Mann's style is gentle and knowing, and he makes the concepts easy to understand. And whether your high blood pressure is linked to your repressing your emotions or not, the latter part of the book offers an excellent overview of treatment options.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark Adler VINE VOICE on August 18, 2007
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(Note: for me, five stars is reserved for something truly mind-blowing -- I haven't given one yet. Four stars for me is a really, really good rating.)

This book has a great story to tell about how many instances of high blood pressure are attributable to repressed emotions. The author is a careful scientist, and clearly identifies how his conclusions arise from information that is in some sense anecdotal. He also is careful to note that only some hypertension can be so attributed, and how drugs are still a very important tool in regulating this problem. I was pleased to read a down-to-earth book on hypertension that did not pretend to have all the answers.

Having said all that, it turns out that the main hypothesis presented in the book did not apply to me, so the book did not provide a non-drug solution for me. Though that's not the fault of the book. The book did have an excellent section on the drugs that are used, what they do and how they work (to the extent we know), and what considerations are used in selected drugs. I use one of them now (lisinopril), which easily and completely controls my hypertension with a relatively low dose and no apparent side effects.

The writing at times can be redundant and repetitive, but the good parts are the actual case histories that are described. I recommend this book for anyone who would like to get some real information about hypertension without someone trying to sell you something.
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