If you are diagnosed of High Blood Pressure and advised medication, you must take it without missing it, as advised by your doctor. Even if your BP levels are controlled, the medication cannot be discontinued and must be taken for the rest of your life.
With age, natural changes that occur in your body like blood vessels, heart and hormones impact the blood pressure levels in your body. These changes along with other risk factors (controllable) can lead to complications like stroke, heart attack, heart failure, kidney failure and dementia. Some of the risk factors that are under your control include, body weight, diet and physical activity.
According to the research when people with drug-controlled high blood pressure eliminate the drug, blood pressure levels normally shoot up. The drugs help keep your blood pressure at healthy levels and prevent any kind of complications.
If you experience side effects because of the drugs, discuss with your doctor to find ways to address it.18/12/2015 by Dr.
Most often people who have had hypertension would not know they had it, unless it was accidently brought to notice. Meaning, hypertension or high blood pressure does not necessarily show up symptoms or signs, nevertheless it affects the body and can cause heart diseases. Therefore, Hypertension is also known as ‘silent disease’.
Factors prone to hypertension:It is important to monitor your blood pressure regularly, especially if you have a family history of hypertension or if you are under high stress, very emotional, or if your blood pressure has been higher than the normal range.
Blood pressure measuring: When blood pressure is measured it shows two readings – systolic (max pressure during a heart beat) and diastolic pressure (the lowest pressure between a heart beat). It is measured in millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) and is written as systolic over diastolic eg. 120/80 mm Hg. It is considered as High blood pressure, when your measure is 140/90. Anything below 120/80 is considered normal blood pressure. Age also matters in defining high blood pressure. For anyone above 60 years 150/90 is considered hypertension.
Just before hypertension or pre-hypertension is when the blood pressure reading shows anything in the range of 120 to 139 as systolic and 80 to 89 as diastolic.
Diagnosis of blood pressure is not confirmed by a single reading, rather it must be monitored twice a day (at the same time) continuously for five days, before starting the treatment or concluding that you have hypertension.25/11/2015 by Dr.
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