High Blood Pressure, Alias Hypertension – Health Public Enemy Number One

Many people call it the “silent killer”, because even if you feel no pain and go about your everyday life feeling hunky-dory, your brain, heart and kidneys are actually being affected. Blood pressure substantiates one of the main vital signs of our body, and is commonly defined as the force that ensues as blood circulates on the walls of our blood vessels. For those who have a normal blood pressure, it is possible to keep it normal with the help of the medical professionals at your employ. If your blood pressure is too high, you need treatment to prevent damage to your body’s organs. High blood pressure is dangerous because it makes the heart work too hard and contributes to atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). Another way we can define blood pressure would be the unit of measurement for the rate blood pushes through our artery walls as it circulates through the body.

Doctors do not know what causes high blood pressure in 90 to 95 percent of people who have it. But for about ten percent of all sufferers of this condition, there are a few specific causes that could have led to the disease – kidney abnormalities, chronic kidney disease, diabetes, tumors in the adrenal gland, hormonal quirks, birth control pills, pregnancy issues, a narrowing of the aorta and many, many others, including heredity. A decrease in physical activity or a sudden gain in weight could also lead to an increase in blood pressure. A faster heartbeat and constricted blood vessels lead to a temporary increase in blood pressure, and these two are a notable after-effect of the nicotine found in cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco byproducts. There may even be a few instances where alcohol can increase blood pressure.

Controlling high blood pressure, nipping it at the bud, would be the catalyst to any form of high blood pressure treatment. Several factors may influence the level and intensity of treatment you may need, including pre-existing health issues, organ damage (if they are already damaged) and your blood pressure itself. Changing your lifestyle slowly but surely may be the best thing you could do to lower your blood pressure in due time, and also minimize your chances of incurring heart disease. In as much as you may want your blood pressure to go down, there may be times when it won’t, so patience would be key to success as well. When in doubt, your best friend will always be your physician, as he/she can check whether you are indeed doing the right thing or not.

Except in extenuating circumstances, a thiazide-type diuretic would be the ideal treatment measure for those who suffer from hypertension that cannot be controlled by the usual methods of diet and exercise.

However, the biggest problem with treatment of high blood pressure is not a lack of knowledge, but a lack of the application of our current knowledge.

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