Hypertension or high blood pressure is one of the greatest causes of the many health problems most of us are experiencing today. Typically anyone the current world is somewhat affected by hypertension. It has been nicknamed the silent killer because it creeps up on many individuals and strikes before they know it. Most of us do not clearly understand its symptoms, who is actually at risk and what exactly causes it. In this blog, I will be addressing some of the misconceptions people have with hypertension as well as few facts about high blood pressure.
1. A common symptom of hypertension is dizziness and headaches. These are common indicators of high blood pressure, but not always. If they do happen, it’s usually when the condition has gotten to a very advanced state. At most times, there are no signs at all for hypertension and the only way to know whether you are safe is by having regular checkups. Adults who are healthy should be checked at least every two or three years while those with the cardiovascular disease risks to be checked even more often.
2. High cholesterol and high blood pressure go hand in hand. However, increased cholesterol levels do not automatically mean that you suffer the hypertension condition. It was once said that elevated cholesterol levels directly caused high blood pressure but that is now being reviewed by medics. However, it is true that similar habits in life such as having an unhealthy diet, and lack of exercise can result in a bigger risk for the two conditions.
3. Through reduction on sodium intake, you will reduce high blood pressure. It will not only help cut back on hypertension but it will as help in hindering alleviation of any high blood pressure issues. However, the key to cut the sodium’s effect on the blood pressure is its ratio taken to potassium. Potassium is a mineral that helps mitigate the sodiums effects. So to reduce sodium, you will have to take it in conjunction with potassium. This can be done by increasing fruits and vegetables intake.
Hypertension is a man’s problem. Though men have a more share issues surrounding high blood pressure, women have greater factors that put them in a higher risk position than the men. Birth control pills are a common trigger and women are mostly at a higher risk of getting hypertension during their post-menopause years. National Council on Aging said that women are more likely than men to develop hypertension, with half of women aged 60+ and 77% of women aged 75+ having this condition. Hypertension affects 64% of men aged 75+.
Only individuals who suffer obesity are at a higher risk of having high blood pressure. Actually, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute listed blood pressure as one of the diseases linked with being obese or overweight. Some people who are overweight and sedentary even have normal blood pressure levels while there are thin people who suffer hypertension. Even though being overweight is a risk factor, there are other factors such as gender, family history and the race which can as well factor in.
Considering that high blood pressure is such a health risk to all the humans in this world, it is vital to have a clear understanding of how to control this condition and also know how to determine whether you are at a risk of getting hypertension. Since there are no telltale signs for now, this is something that we have to very vigilant about. As for me I have my body regularly checked so that I can be aware of my condition. For some reasons, there are times where the condition jumps to critical when you were just good the other day. So it is essential to keep an eye on it, ensure you take a healthy diet and have a lifestyle that is active so that you can live on the good side.
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2. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (July 13, 2012) What are the Health Risks of Overweight and Obesity. Retrieved on December 3, 2014 from http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/obe/risks
3. URL source pf image: Retrieved on December 3, 2014 from conditionshealthguru.com
Disclaimer: All of the information stated here should not be used as a replacement for medical advice. Consult your physician if you have questions about your health.