Dropping Your Blood Pressure Can Save You From The Dire Consequences of Heart Attacks, Stroke, Kidney Failure, Impotence and Hundreds of Other Scary Diseases Caused By High Blood Pressure!
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Don’t allow your hypertension problem to continue. It is one of the leading causes of death today. It’s called the silent killer and it kills millions of people every year.
Hypertension is the most important risk factor for death in industrialized countries. It develops hardening of the arteries and predisposes individuals to heart disease, peripheral vascular disease, and strokes.
Stated more precisely, hypertension is truly one of the most frightening health problems we are up against today. And if we don’t deal with it – fast – we’re likely be seeing the people we love most fall into the clutches of death long before their time. And that is, obviously, if we beat them to the grave first!
What Is Hypertension or High Blood Pressure?
Blood pressure is the force exerted by the blood on the walls of blood vessels and the cause of hypertension is when your blood is exerting too much force on your arteries both when your heart is resting and when it pumps blood.
You already know the 2 numbers, like 120/80. The first number (120) represents the pressure when your heart beats, also called systolic pressure. The second number (80) represents the pressure when your heart relaxes, also called diastolic pressure.
The American Heart Association has suggested guidelines to determine normal and high blood pressure.
- Normal blood pressure is less than 120/80
- Pre-hypertension is 120-139/80-89
- Stage 1 high blood pressure is 140-159/90-99
- Stage 2 high blood pressure is 160 or higher systolic and 100 or higher diastolic
- Hypertensive crisis (an emergency) is when blood pressure is above 180 systolic and above 110 diastolic.
High blood pressure resulting in a diagnosis of hypertension will happen only when readings remain above normal at all times. Having high blood pressure for a brief period of time is normal.
Causes of Hypertension
There are two types of hypertension: primary of essential hypertension and secondary hypertension.
For the majority of adults, there is no recognizable cause of high blood pressure. This type of high blood pressure has a tendency to develop progressively over several years.
Several people have hypertension caused by an underlying condition. This type of hypertension is likely to appear suddenly and lead to a higher blood pressure compared to primary hypertension, like:
- Kidney problems
- Thyroid problems
- Congenital defects in blood vessels
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Adrenal gland tumors
- Certain medications
- Illegal drugs
- Alcohol abuse
You have a higher risk of hypertension if:
- Your age is 45 and above
- You are African American
- You have a family history
- You’re overweight or obese
- You smoke
- You consume too much salt
- You consume too little potassium
- You drink too much alcohol
- You are always stressed
- You suffer from certain chronic conditions, like kidney disease, diabetes and sleep apnea
- You are pregnant (some women)
Complications of Hypertension
Over time, uncontrolled hypertension can damage some of your blood vessels and organs. The longer it gets uncontrolled, the greater the damage.
Uncontrolled hypertension (see figure below) can result in:
- Atherosclerosis. Narrowing of the arteries.
- Heart attack or stroke. Atherosclerosis can lead to a heart attack, stroke or other complications.
- Aneurysm. Dangerous weakening and bulging of the main artery either in the chest or the abdomen which can rupture.
- Heart failure. Decreased ability to pump blood.
- Thickened or ruptured blood vessels in the eyes. This can lead to vision loss.
Hypertension hardly ever causes symptoms. Therefore, it can remain undetected until it causes one of its future complications.
Malignant hypertension (very high blood pressure) is a serious type of hypertension and symptoms include:
- Severe headache
- Nausea or vomiting
- Vision changes
- Nose bleeds
Based on research, treatment for hypertension has been associated with reductions in heart attacks, strokes, and heart failures.
A crucial step in preventing and treating hypertension is a healthy lifestyle. You can decrease your blood pressure with the following lifestyle modifications:
- Shedding unwanted weight if you are obese (overweight)
- Stop smoking
- Consuming a healthy diet (more fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products, less saturated and total fat.
- Decreasing sodium intake to less than 1,500 mg per day
- Having a regular aerobic exercise (ex. brisk walking for 30 min. per day, several days a week.
- Reducing alcohol intake
- Avoiding things that cause you to stress
Lifestyle modifications may enhance the effectiveness of high blood pressure drugs if your physician will prescribe them.
There are many kinds of drugs used to treat high blood pressure, including:
- Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors
- Angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs)
- Calcium channel blockers
- Alpha – blockers
- Alpha agonists
- Renin inhibitors
- Combination of medications.
Take the first step and contact us through our no-cost virtual consultation. During this process, we will recommend options that will work best for you. Every client is different, so our virtual consultants and physicians tailor the procedure to match each person’s needs.