High blood pressure is no rarity in our fast-paced modern world. In fact according to recent estimates 1 in 3 US adults have higher than normal blood pressure. Many people feel that living with it is just a way of life for everyone and that we should not be overly concerned about it. Others think that hypertension is a man's disease and that women do not need to worry themselves about it.
As the kids say today, "NOT!"
High blood pressure is a serious risk, not only for men, but for women too. The problems may not be immediately apparent but long-term hypertension can lead to a number of serious problems like…
Ignoring high blood pressure is not a good choice.
Blood pressure is simply the force of blood as it pushes against the artery walls. When your heart beats blood is pushed (or pumped) through your arteries. As you may guess it is at this point that your blood pressure is at its highest. The measurement of your blood pressure at this highest point is called systolic pressure. Between beats your heart is at rest as it fills with a new supply of blood. Your blood pressure during this resting stage is called diastolic pressure.
In recent years those numbers have changed. Now it is argued that normal blood pressure may be a bit lower than previously thought.
By the way, though most of us are concerned with high blood pressure
there are people who have what is considered low blood pressure.
Normally low blood pressure is not a problem. However there are times
when low blood pressure can lead to some serious consequences.
Learn more about low blood pressure and its symptoms and causes.
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Hypertension is not known as the silent killer for nothing. As mentioned above high blood pressure can lead to a number of serious conditions including stroke, heart attack, heart failure, and kidney failure.
Unfortunately high blood pressure can exist for years without any signs or symptoms.
I have talked to people who say they can feel it when their blood
pressure is particularly high. But typically a person can have
hypertension and have no idea.
Statistics for the U.S. reveal that nearly 33% of the American population has what the American Heart Association classifies as high blood pressure or hypertension. As if this statistic is not frightening enough…
1 out of 3 people with hypertension do not even know they have it.
Another 26% of those who are receiving treatment do not have their
hypertension under control. Some have even estimated that 90% of
Americans can expect to develop high blood pressure in their lifetime.
Our bodies are resilient and can go on functioning for years with this malady without giving us a single sign. But hypertension can be working under the surface slowly and silently killing us.
People with uncontrolled high blood pressure are…
Studies show that in adults ages 40–89, the risk of death from heart disease and stroke begins to rise when blood pressure reaches about 115/75.
The risk doubles for each increased increment of 20 mmHg in systolic blood pressure or 10 mm Hg in diastolic blood pressure.
In addition to the strain on the heart caused by hypertension it is also a major cause of stroke.
It is estimated that every 45 seconds, someone in America has a stroke
and many of them will die. Stroke is our nation's # 3 killer and a
leading cause of severe, long-term disability.
As mentioned before this higher pressure does not produce clear signs. Your heart, brain and kidneys can handle increased pressure for a long time. Therefore you can live for years without any symptoms or ill effects. But that doesn't mean it's not hurting you.
As blood pressure levels remain high for extended periods of time it adds to the workload of your heart and arteries. Your heart must pump harder, and the arteries carry blood that's moving under greater pressure. If high blood pressure continues for a long time, your heart and arteries may become damaged and not work as well as they should.
Further, when high blood pressure is coupled with other conditions like…
… the risk of heart attack or stroke is greatly increased.
High blood pressure is often associated with aging. Part of the reason
for this is it can take years for the conditions underlying high blood
pressure to develop. For example advanced atherosclerosis may take many years to develop. As the arteries become increasingly clogged with plaque blood pressure tends to rise.
But don’t think that high blood pressure is only for those who are advanced in years. Unfortunately hypertension in children is on the increase. What we are doing to ourselves is also affecting our children.
As mentioned before, high blood pressure cannot be diagnosed by symptoms
and signs. Most people with hypertension simply do not know they have
it unless a doctor tests them. Nor can one assume that he does not have
hypertension just because he is relaxed or easy-going.
That said, there are studies which indicate that people with personalities tending toward impatience or being in a hurry are often more likely to develop hypertension later in life. That is, type A personalities tend toward high blood pressure. Perhaps the advice to slow down and smell the flowers is not so bad after all.
Blood pressure exists in the first place because your heart has to pump
blood through the body's arteries. The blood travels through these large
arteries into smaller vessels called arterioles. From there it makes
its way into the smaller capillaries where oxygen and nutrients are
supplied to all the organs of your body. The blood then returns to your
heart through the veins. Without pressure the blood simply cannot reach
the cells of our bodies supplying them with everything they need to
During this process certain nerve impulses cause your arteries to dilate or contract. When these vessels are wide open, blood can flow through easily.
When they narrow, it's harder for the blood to flow, and the pressure increases.
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It is important to keep your blood pressure below 140/90. For people who
also suffer with diabetes or kidney disease the optimal goal must be
even lower. But how do we do it?
Fortunately there are a number of helpful medications available that can lower your blood pressure. Medications can be effective even when your doctor is not sure what is causing your hypertension.
Unfortunately blood pressure lowering drugs have potential side-effects. Make sure you talk to your doctor about these before taking any medication.
Click here to learn more about medications for high blood pressure.
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You may hold the key to lower blood pressure.
Lifestyle modifications are the first attack against hypertension. Very often heart disease is caused by years of making bad decisions. Building good habits now can help minimize and even reverse the effects of heart disease. It is true also with blood pressure.
Very often lifestyle modifications can lower blood pressure.
So start there. Begin by making modifications to your life that can help
reduce your blood pressure and the damage that it causes to your heart
and cardiovascular system.
Read more about natural ways to lower your blood pressure.
There are some natural things you can take to help lower your blood pressure. For example, Omega-3 fatty acids are recommended by the American Heart Association for anyone with high triglycerides and/or documented coronary heart disease.
But Omega-3 has also been shown to have a positive influence on blood pressure.
Though there are many different medications available, ACE inhibitors
are becoming increasingly popular for the treatment of hypertension. Peptides – naturally occurring compounds – are also increasingly being used to lower blood pressure.
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Other naturally occurring substances such as green tea extract, garlic, certain herbs, niacin, folic acid, and B-12 can work together to help control blood pressure.
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