Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Beware of Symptoms For High Blood Pressure or Hypertension

Hypertension, also referred to as high blood pressure, is a condition in which the arteries have persistently elevated blood pressure. Every time the human heart beats, it pumps blood to the whole body through the arteries. Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing up against the blood vessel walls. The higher the pressure the harder the heart has to pump. The normal level for blood pressure is below 120/80. Blood pressure between 120/80 and 139/89 is called prehypertension and blood pressure of 140/90 or above is considered hypertension.

Hypertension can lead to damaged organs, as well as several illnesses, such as renal failure (kidney failure), aneurysm, heart failure, stroke or heart attack. Researchers from UC Davis reported in the Journal of the American Academy of Neurology that high blood pressure during middle age may raise the risk of cognitive decline later in life. Changes in diet and lifestyle can improve blood pressure and reduce the risk of health complications related issues.

High blood pressure is one of the most obvious sign indicates a problem in the person's heart and blood vessels. When a person is diagnosed with high blood pressure then he has the possibility of:
  • Seven times more susceptible to have a stroke
  • Four times more susceptible  a heart attack
  • Five times more susceptible to die of heart failure.

There are several factors that causes of hypertension. These include :

  • Smoking
  • Obesity or being overweight
  • Diabetes
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Lack of physical activity
  • High levels of salt intake (sodium sensitivity). According to the American Heart Association (AHA), sodium consumption should be limited to 1,500 milligrams per day, and that includes everybody.
  • Vitamin D deficiency
  • High levels of alcohol consumption
  • Stress
  • Aging
  • Medicines such as birth control pills
  • Genetics and a family history of hypertension.

What are symptoms of hypertension ?
There is no guarantee that a person with hypertension will present any symptoms of the condition. About 33% of people actually do not know that they have high blood pressure  and this ignorance can last for years. For this reason, it is advisable to undergo periodic blood pressure screenings even when no symptoms are present. Extremely high blood pressure may lead to some symptoms, however, and these include:

  • Severe headaches
  • Fatigue or confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Problems with vision
  • Chest pains
  • Breathing problems
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Blood in the urine

"We all have those days when you feel like you're against the world, every little thing goes wrong and your blood pressure is up. And you feel like punching somebody!" - Josh Turner

"I feel pain in my chest, I can not breathe well, I can't even think and I can't see everything clearly. But it's not because I got a high blood pressure...it's because I haven't seen you all day." - Unique

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