1 in 3 American adults has high blood pressure.
According to National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, when your
systolic pressure of blood is greater than or equal to 140 mm Hg and the
diastolic pressure of blood is greater than or equal to 90 mm Hg, you
are medically suffering from high blood pressure or hypertension.
However, you may or may not observe hypertension
symptoms even at this level. Thus high blood pressure is rightly termed
as a silent killer. Many a times, it takes a substantial time to
identify the prevailing high blood pressure condition in the person.
Now, these are the cases of uncomplicated hypertension that reflect no
or very few symptoms of high blood pressure. Medically, these cases
wherein particularly no cause is identified are termed as cases of
However if your hypertension is a result of some particular condition or
medication, you ought to show certain symptoms. This type of high blood
pressure is termed as secondary hypertension.
After you have identified your condition, you require to treat it with
the combo of lifestyle changes and prescribed medications.
The required lifestyle changes for controlling your high blood pressure
include following a diet that is low in sodium. You can achieve this by
putting less salt content in your food preparation. Also, adopt good
habits such as exercising regularly, stopping smoking, shunning extra
pounds and avoiding intake of excessive alcohol.
Well, to understand high blood pressure, you need to understand your
body. Blood pressure has no defined symptoms. Meet your doctor if you
experience frequent headaches, blurry or impaired vision or sudden
black-outs. Excessive perspiration, too much urination, irregular
heartbeat or palpitation and feeling weakness are the other sub-ways
that can lead you to high blood pressure.
Be more careful if you have any of these signs repeatedly bothering you.
These conditions are not the result of high blood pressure, but they can
take you to the pedestal of blood pressure.
Along these lifestyle changes, you need to be committed towards the
prescribed anti hypertension medications.
Never skip the prescribed
doses of medicines even for a day. The blood pressure medication mainly
depends on several factors such as your age and ethnicity. The commonly
prescribed medicines for high pressure include ACE inhibitors, calcium
channel blockers, diuretics and beta-blockers.
All in all, have a strict routine with both the medicines as well as the
lifestyle changes. Make it a habit to check your blood pressure
regularly at home. In fact buy a digital blood pressure monitor and note
down the readings to maintain a record of blood pressure levels. This
will further help you keep a strict vigil over your blood pressure
condition. This is important, for most of the people do not show any
symptoms as such.