Jul 4, 2014

I have hypertension....


The truth is not pleasant but I may have hypertension. My cousin gifted me a blood pressure monitor for me to check both my husband's and my own blood pressure and sadly my blood pressure reading came out high several times.
If this continues I have to see a doctor soon to get myself some hypertensive medication. Or can I steal my husband's??? Heheheh......

Anyway, for those who do not know how to read the blood pressure reading, and for me, myself to recollect on what I learned as well....
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Blood pressure is measured by comparing the pressure of the blood in the artery – usually in the arm – against a column of air or mercury in a calibrated tube.
The normal blood pressure of a healthy person is 120/80 mmhg.
However it may vary between 100/60 to 150/90 depending upon the various activities.
Any deviation be it a higher or a lower, it always poses a risk to the individual. Prolonged high blood pressure, really poses a serious threat to all the individuals.
It may leads to stroke and heart attack. Heart failure, eye damage and kidney disease can not be prevented if the blood pressure remain high for a prolonged time, unchecked.
It may also lead to atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis will causes all the vital arteries to narrow, restricting the blood supply to the heart, brain and other major organs and it may cause death.

What blood pressure readings mean
As you can see from the blood pressure chart, only one of the numbers has to be higher or lower than it should be to count as either high blood pressure or low blood pressure:
90 over 60 (90/60) or less: You may have low blood pressure. More on low blood pressure.
More than 90 over 60 (90/60) and less than 120 over 80 (120/80): Your blood pressure reading is ideal and healthy. Follow a healthy lifestyle to keep it at this level.
More than 120 over 80 and less than 140 over 90 (120/80-140/90): You have a normal blood pressure reading but it is a little higher than it should be, and you should try to lower it. Make healthy changes to your lifestyle.
140 over 90 (140/90) or higher (over a number of weeks): You may have high blood pressure (hypertension). Change your lifestyle - see your doctor or nurse and take any medicines they may give you. More on high blood pressure
So:
if your top number is 140 or more - then you may have high blood pressure, regardless of your bottom number.
if your bottom number is 90 or more - then you may have high blood pressure, regardless your top number.
if your top number is 90 or less - then you may have low blood pressure, regardless of your bottom number.
if your bottom number is 60 or less - then you may have low blood pressure, regardless of your top number
 
Reasons of blood pressure:
There are numerous reasons which attribute to blood pressure, have a look:
Family history: It has been observed that blood pressure has been passed down from generation to generation. If you have a history of blood pressure in your family, then you are more prone towards it.
Age: With the increase of age the chance of blood pressure activated. In fact it is more prominent in adults and elder.
Activity: If you are leading a more stressful activity, then you are more prone towards blood pressure.
Weight: Weight is directly proportional to high blood pressure.
Diet: Diet has a vital role in controlling the blood pressure. A diet enriched with fat and sugar increases the chance of high blood pressure.
Alcohol & Smoking; Studied has revealed that, people who consumed alcohol and smoke are more towards high blood pressure. In fact both of them are independent risk factor for heart attack.

Here are some signs and symptoms of high blood pressure:
The first and foremost sign of a high blood pressure is dull pain in the head or the neck on waking up in the morning. If this condition persists for a long time then be careful because it may leads to worsen. You could also feel nosebleeds, dizzy spells, breathing difficulties, frequent urination, fatigue and nervous tension.  
Some other symptoms are
Irregular heartbeat
Problem with vision
Problem with breathing
Appearance of blood in urine
Headache, nausea & vomiting.

If you are experiencing any of the above signs and symptoms, then immediately consult a doctor for medication. Or else it could be dangerous.

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