HYPERTENSION

[The Silent Killer]

As your heart pumps blood through your arteries, the force of the blood flow exerts pressure on the arterial walls, just as air pumped into a tire exerts pressure on its lining and surface.  And just as too much air pressure is bad for the life of the tire, so too much blood pressure eventually damages your arteries.  If your heart pumps blood through your circulatory system most of the day with a force that is much greater than necessary to maintain a steady flow, you have hypertension, or high blood pressure that never returns to normal range.

Two types of pressure, systolic and diastolic, are measured.  Systolic pressure is the peak pressure at the moment when your heart contracts and pumps out the blood into the arteries.  Diastolic pressure is the lowest pressure in the arteries just before the next contraction of the heart.  Therefore, the systolic figure, which represents the moment of greatest pressure, is always higher than the diastolic figure.  If someone tells you that your blood pressure is 120 over 80, this means that your systolic is 120 millimeters of mercury (mmHg), and your diastolic is 80 mmHg.  Those figures are within normal range for a healthy young adult.

But for instance, if you are over 40 and your blood pressure reading is 140 over 90 mmHg, your physician may consider this to be normal pressure for you, since blood pressure tends to rise slightly with age. 

There are actually two types of high blood pressure, essential or primary and secondary or non-essential hypertension. Primary hypertension is high blood pressure that is not due to another underlying disease. The precise cause is unknown, but a number of definite risk factors have been identified and these include heredity, cigarette smoking, stress, obesity, excessive use of stimulants such as coffee or tea, drug abuse, high sodium (salt) intake, and use of oral contraceptives. In secondary hypertension, the cause of the disorder has been identified by your physician. Some possible causes are kidney disease, hormonal disorders and aldosteronism. A person may also have secondary hypertension because the blood vessels are chemically constricted or have lost elasticity from a build up of fatty plaque on the inside walls of the blood vessels, a condition known as atherosclerosis.

What are the symptoms?

High blood pressure is almost always a symptom less disease. If you have hypertension, you may feel fine, without the slightest indication of physical problems.

Such symptom as severe headache, nape pain, blurring of vision, palpitations, shortness of breath, chest discomfort, and a feeling of ill health usually occur only when some damage has already taken place from the hypertension in your retinas, brain, heart or kidneys. So it is risky to wait for treatment until symptoms develop.

Hypertension (High blood pressure) is abnormally high pressure in the arteries. Hypertension is also known as the silent killer because it usually does not cause symptoms for many years until a vital organ is damaged. Uncontrolled high blood pressure increases the risks of problems such as stroke, aneurysm, heart attack, heart failure and kidney damage.

Hypertension (High blood pressure) is abnormally high pressure in the arteries. Hypertension is also known as the silent killer because it usually does not cause symptoms for many years until a vital organ is damaged. Uncontrolled high blood pressure increases the risks of problems such as stroke, aneurysm, heart attack, heart failure and kidney damage.

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