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Blood Pressure a Silent Killer

"Some of the time, there is no explanation for
high blood pressure
Many people are unaware that they have the condition.
That is why hypertension is referred to as a "silent killer."

Detect high blood pressure before it causes serious health problems.

More than 65 million Americans are estimated to have high blood pressure. High blood pressure occurs more often in darker people—in 32% of black adults compared with 23% of whites and 23% of Mexican Americans. It also occurs with high frequency in people whose ancestors are from China or Japan. The consequences of high blood pressure are worse for darker people. High blood pressure occurs more often in older people—in about three fourths of women and almost two thirds of men aged 75 or older, compared with only about one fourth of people aged 20 to 74. People who have normal blood pressure at age 55 have a 90% risk of developing high blood pressure. High blood pressure is twice as common among people who are obese as among those who are not.

Blood pressure is a measurement of the force applied to the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps blood through the body. The pressure is determined by the force and amount of blood pumped, and the size and flexibility of the arteries.

The normal blood pressure range of persons aged 20 – 40 years is 120mm Hg systolic pressure and 80mm Hg diastolic pressure.= 120/80mmHg. Anyone registering above this range is classed as having high blood pressure.

The Systolic pressure is when the heart`s ventricles contract and push the blood through the veins. It is called the systole, the pressure during heartbeat action. The Diastolic pressure is the lower pressure that results when air is released out of the cuff and no more sound is heard. This is called the diastole; the artery resting pressure.

The normal blood pressure range can vary depending on what age you are.

It increases with age when the elasticity of arteries is reduced.Evolution and modulation of age-related medial elastocalcinosis: impact on large artery stiffness and isolated systolic hypertension. Dao HH, Essalihi R, Bouvet C, Moreau P.

Blood pressure is continually changing depending on activity, temperature, diet, emotional state, posture, physical state, and medication use.

Dangers of High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is also called Hypertension, it is what happens when someone experiences a chronic raise in their blood pressure. The normal blood pressure reading should be 115 over 75 or 115/75. There are typically 4 stages of blood pressure, these stages determine how high of a risk you are of developing some sort of blood pressure related disease. Here are the different categories of blood pressure.

The normal range like was said before is actually between 90-119 over 60- 79. This is the normal range for someone.

The next stage is called Pre-hypertension the numbers range between 120 - 139 over 80 - 89. This stage is still considered OK, but you have to start watching what you are eating, and making sure you get enough exercise.
The third stage is considered mildly high blood pressure, it is 140 - 159 over 90 - 99. At this stage you should see a doctor and get checked out and make sure it's not something serious.

The last stage is high blood pressure, and this stage is the one where you need to serious consider going to the doctor and getting a check up. Depending how long you have been at this stage will tell you how serious the stage is. The numbers for this stage are anything over 160 over anything over 100. At this stage you should go to doctor immediately.

Some of the symptoms of high blood pressure might be headaches that are around the occipital area of the head, which is the top of your skull. They generally occur in the mornings and go away after a short time. Other symptoms may be dizziness, palpitations, fatigue, and impotence. Since these symptoms could mean a lot of different things it is recommended that you get medical attention and find out what is causing these things.

 

Symptoms

Most people are not aware that they have hypertension because of a general lack of symptoms until major complications arise. In rare cases, some people with hypertension may have headaches or nosebleeds...Despite a general lack of symptoms, uncontrolled hypertension damages the kidney and heart and large and small blood vessels throughout the body. This due to the excessive and ongoing pressure that the blood is putting on the walls of the arteries as it is pumped from the heart throughout the body.

Because of this lack of symptoms, regular medical care is vital to monitoring blood pressure and promptly treating high blood pressure....Now you can easily monitor your own blood pressure,,see below

A few Causes of High Blood Preasure

Smoking and Alcohol are two of the more well known culprits behind raised blood pressure levels.

Obesity is certainly considered one of the main causes of high diastolic blood pressure and in fact, as high as two thirds of all people with high diastolic blood pressure are obese and the problem is particularly relevant to people living in the more developed nations of the world.

Conversely, high blood pressure that has one or more definite causes is known as secondary hypertension. Secondary causes of hypertension include pregnancy, aortic narrowing, specific drugs, increased blood thickness and various kidney and glandular diseases.

Reducing your weight by just 10 pounds may be enough to lower your blood pressure. Losing weight can help to enhance the effects of high blood pressure medication and may also reduce other risk factors, such as diabetes and high bad cholesterol.

A few Causes of Low Blood Preasure

Many things can make your blood pressure too low. These range in severity from normal changes caused by pregnancy to dangerous underlying conditions, like heart problems or hormone disturbances. Some low blood pressure causes are simple cases of dehydration brought on by vomiting, intense exercise, or the overuse of diuretics. Some studies have shown that a dehydration-induced weight loss of 1 percent is enough to trigger dizziness, confusion, or other symptoms of low blood pressure

No matter what, blood pressure shouldn’t be too high or too low. There are four acupressure points for treating low blood pressure: Zhong Zhu and Yang Chi on the back of the hand, Shen Men and Tai Ling on the palm side.

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One especially important cause of low blood pressure is orthostatic hypotension, which is sometimes referred to as postural hypotension. This happens when blood pressure drops rapidly during changes to body position--usually when changing from sitting to standing--inducing classic signs that the blood pressure is too low, like dizziness, blurry vision, and fainting.

• Normal changes associated with the first and second trimesters of pregnancy
• Hormone problems such as adrenal insufficiency or thyroid disease (overactive or underactive thyroid)
• Deficiencies of essential nutrients, such as folic acid, can cause the number of red blood cells to decrease (anemia)
• Alterations in blood sugar, like those caused by diabetes
• Age: Some older patients, especially those with existing high blood pressure, can experience postprandial hypotension, where the blood pressure drops suddenly after eating a large meal

Stress, Blood Pressure and Stroke Risk
Here's what you need to know about stress, your blood pressure, and your risk for having a stroke.

The everyday stress of modern life and work can definitely increase your blood pressure levels by accelerating your heart rate. But this is a temporary, non permanent raising of blood pressure levels used quite normally by the human body to prepare you to respond to 'threats'. This is often called the fight-or-flight response. However, it’s not necessarily correct to say that everyday stress causes permanently high blood pressure (hypertension).

BUT Regular stress suffered for extended periods of time can cause hypertension through the repeated raising of blood pressure levels as well as by stimulation of the nervous system to produce large amounts of vasoconstricting (artery tightening) hormones that increase blood pressure. Factors affecting blood pressure through long term stress include job strain, race, social environment, and emotional distress.

Stress is most nation’s #1 health problem.

It is the source of the anxiety, depression, and insomnia plaguing millions of people world wide.

Stress accounts for more than two-thirds of family doctor visits and is an important risk factor in all major illnesses. Left unchecked, it is a killer Fix your stress lower your blood pressure click here

When one or more risk factors for high blood pressure are coupled together with other stress producing factors, the effect on blood pressure is multiplied. Also, some of the side effects of stress, like overeating and lack of exercise can contribute to a person developing hypertension.

Which ever way you look at it, long term stress is not good for the human body and should be avoided and controlled wherever possible.click here

Know your blood pressure check it regularly; detect high blood pressure before it causes serious health problems.

Hypertension is also called "high blood pressure". Hypertension is a silent killer because it is deadly and has no early significant symptoms. The danger from hypertension is the extra load on the heart, leading to complications such as hypertensive heart disease. Hypertension can also seriously damage the kidneys. And it does all this silently, without any major symptoms, except when the high blood pressure gets extreme.

Detect high blood pressure before it causes serious health problems.

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Some of the time, there is no explanation for high blood pressure Many people are unaware that they have the condition.

A person can be walking around with high blood pressure for years and not know it until one day they have a stroke or heart attack. There are no symptoms, no warnings, nothing, until many times it is too late. That's why they call high blood pressure the silent killer.

Know your blood pressure check it regularly; detect high blood pressure before it causes serious health problems.

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Stress can cause hypertension through repeated blood pressure elevations as well as by stimulation of the nervous system to produce large amounts of vasoconstricting hormones that increase blood pressure. Factors affecting blood pressure through stress include white coat hypertension, job strain, race, social environment, and emotional distress. Furthermore, when one risk factor is coupled with other stress producing factors,

In 2014, scientists from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School investigating the link between stress and heart attacks reported that stress causes our bodies to make a surplus of disease-fighting white blood cells. That in turn can increase inflammation in the arteries of people with a condition called atherosclerosis, where the artery walls are thickened by a build-up of plaque.

What are the warning signs of stress?

When you are exposed to long periods of stress, your body gives warning signs that something is wrong. These physical, mental, emotional and behavioural signs of stress should not be ignored. They tell you that you need to slow down. If you continue to be stressed and you don’t give your body a break, you are likely to develop health problems. You could also aggravate an existing illness.

Below are some common warning signs of stress.

Physical signs

Dizziness, general aches and pains, grinding teeth, clenched jaws, headaches, indigestion, muscle tension, difficulty sleeping, racing heart, ringing in the ears, stooped posture, sweaty palms, tiredness, exhaustion, trembling, weight gain or loss, upset stomach

Mental signs

Constant worry, difficulty making decisions, forgetfulness, inability to concentrate, lack of creativity, loss of sense of humour

Emotional signs

Anger, anxiety, crying, depression, feeling powerless, frequent mood swings, irritability, loneliness, negative thinking, nervousness, sadness

Behavioural signs

Bossiness, compulsive eating, critical of others, explosive actions, frequent job changes, impulsive actions, increased use of alcohol or drugs, withdrawal from relationships or social situations

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