High Blood Pressure symptoms : Tips for Keeping It Under Control
You can have high blood pressure (HBP) and still feel just fine. High blood pressure symptoms are not apparent. But, HBP
(sometimes called hypertension) is a major health problem. If not treated, it can lead to stroke, heart disease, kidney
failure, and other health problems. The good news is that there are ways you can prevent and control HBP and the trouble it
What Is HBP?
As blood flows from your heart to your blood vessels, it pushes against the walls of your blood vessels. This pressure is
measured in millimeters of mercury (mmHg). The reading often is recorded as two numbers—the pressure while the heart beats
(systolic pressure) over the pressure while the heart relaxes between beats (diastolic pressure). The numbers are written one
above or before the other. The systolic number comes first, or on top, and the diastolic number comes second, or on
Normal blood pressure is less than 130 mmHg systolic and less than 85 mmHg diastolic (130/85 or lower). Doctors will say your
blood pressure is too high when it measures 140/90 mmHg or higher over time.
People who have blood pressure in the range of 130-139/85-89 mmHg may be at risk of developing HBP. Although you may noy feel
any high blood pressure symptoms, if you measure in this range, you should think about making lifestyle changes to improve
your blood pressure.
Do You Have HBP?
Get your blood pressure checked when you see your doctor to find out if you have HBP. Your doctor may say your blood pressure is high if it measures too high at two or more checkups. Your doctor also may ask you to check your blood pressure at home at different times of the day.
What If Just the First Number Is High?
For older people, the first number (systolic) often is high (greater than 140 mmHg), while the second number (diastolic) is normal (less than 90 mmHg). This condition is called isolated systolic hypertension (ISH). For most people, systolic blood pressure rises over time as they age. Diastolic blood pressure rises only until about age 55 and then starts to go down. ISH is the most common form of HBP in older people.
Once again, although high blood pressure symptoms may not be apparent, ISH can lead to serious health problems. It should be
treated. Treatment can save lives, reduce illness, and improve a person’s quality of life. Yet, many older people do not have
their high systolic blood pressure under control. If your systolic pressure is over 140 mmHg, ask your doctor how you can
Don't wait for high blood pressure symptoms, prevention and treatment is critical
High blood pressure symptoms indicate a serious underlying problem. Your arteries need to be resilient or elastic in order to allow
blood to be easily pushed through them. If your arteries are lined with a plaque they lose that elasticity or resilience.
This combined with the layer of plaque creates significant restrictions and requires your heart to exert more pressure to get the blood through them. This is the cause of 'normal' high blood pressure. Where the real danger comes about for those people who have elevated blood pressure is when it is combined with the hormone epinephrine also known as adrenaline. This hormone is released during periods of high stress and accounts for a large proportion of fatalities through heart attack and strokes.
Our personal approach to guard against "hidden" high blood pressure symptoms
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