Living with High Blood Pressure without knowing: High blood pressure usually has no signs or symptoms, so the only way to know if you have high blood pressure is to have yours measured.
The scary thing about high blood pressure is that you may have it without even knowing it. For most people, there may be no single cause for their high blood pressure. We do not know exactly what causes high blood pressure. We do know that lifestyle can affect your risk of developing it.
Every adult should get their pressure checked at least every 2-3 years but more often than that is better.
The risks of high blood pressure (hypertension) are serious in young men.
Young men are less likely than older men to believe they have hypertension and less likely to go back to the doctor. Often these are patients whose blood pressure would respond to weight management and other lifestyle changes, but they’re less likely to seek treatment.
Untreated hypertension damages the heart and other organs and can lead to life-threatening conditions that include heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease. It’s called “the silent killer” because symptoms generally appear only after the disease has caused damage to vital organs.
Having high blood pressure can be prevented by eating healthily, maintaining a healthy weight, taking regular exercise, drinking alcohol in moderation and not smoking. Alcohol is also high in calories, which will make you gain weight. This will also increase your blood pressure.
Salt raises your blood pressure. Drinking more than four cups of coffee a day may increase your blood pressure. If you are a big fan of coffee, tea or other caffeine-rich drinks (such as cola and some energy drinks), consider cutting down. The more salt you eat, the higher your blood pressure. Cut down on the amount of salt in your food and eat plenty of fruit and vegetables.
Overweight forces your heart to work harder to pump blood around your body, which can raise your blood pressure.
Active and taking regular exercise lowers blood pressure by keeping your heart and blood vessels in good condition. Regular exercise can also help you lose weight, which will also help lower your blood pressure.
The above write up is published on our site courtesy of Dr. Maureen Ona-Igbru.
Dr Maureen is a medical doctor with many years in practice and has an undying passion for dissemination of health knowledge to the public. One striking feature that cuts across all her articles is the ability to present a complex medical condition in an easy to understand manner for the readers.
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