The Facts about High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure, known medically as hypertension, is known as “the silent killer” for good reason. Silent, because it has no symptoms, even
as it ravages the arteries, the heart, the brain, the kidneys, and even
the eyes. A killer, because approximately half of adults with untreated hypertension will die
of heart disease; approximately one-third will die of stroke.
Older adults are at most risk: hypertension is the most common chronic medical condition in seniors, with nearly 60% currently in treatment.
Why is hypertension dangerous?
Hypertension refers to a dangerous increase in the force with which blood flows through the blood vessels. This extra force not only damages the arteries, but also increases the amount of work the heart is forced to do, thus damaging the heart as well.
What are the causes of hypertension?
There are many risk factors for hypertension. Some are uncontrollable, such as a family history of the condition, increased age, and being male. Other risk factors, however, can be controlled, including:
- Smoking, including exposure to secondhand smoke
- A sedentary lifestyle
- High cholesterol
Certain diseases also increase the risk of hypertension. These include:
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- Kidney Disease
What are the symptoms of hypertension?
Because you cannot feel the movement of blood through your veins, hypertension has no symptoms. The only way to find out if you have this “silent killer” is to have your blood pressure checked regularly.
Can hypertension be treated?
The answer to this is an emphatic yes. One of the best ways to treat — and, even better, to avoid — hypertension is to address the risk factors mentioned above. In addition, salt increases blood pressure, and reducing sodium intake is a helpful step in controlling hypertension.
If high blood pressure cannot be managed by lifestyle changes, a healthcare provider may recommend one or more blood pressure medications. Someone diagnosed with hypertension should see their healthcare provider monthly until their blood pressure is under good control.
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