What is hypertension?
rtension is another word for high blood pressure. Hypertension occurs when your blood pressure, which is the force of blood flow through your blood vessels, is too high on a consistent basis. High blood pressure is also known as the “silent killer.” According to the American Heart Association, about half of the adults living in the United States have high blood pressure and do not realize it.
What is a normal blood pressure?
Whenever you visit your doctor and they put the blood pressure cuff around your arm, they are taking a blood pressure reading. However, many people do not know exactly what the numbers mean. A “normal” blood pressure level is considered to be a systolic mm Hg reading of less than 120 (this is the top number), and a diastolic mm Hg reading of less than 80 (this is the bottom number). So, if you were at the doctor and they said that your blood pressure was 115/75, that would be considered “normal.” The higher each of the numbers climb, the more elevated your blood pressure.
What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?
Many people question whether or not symptoms such as headaches and nosebleeds are signs of high blood pressure. Most evidence suggests that high blood pressure does not cause headaches. However, if you are experiencing chronic headaches, please see a physician. There are some potential signs of high blood pressure such as blood spots in the eyes, facial flushing, and dizziness, however only a medical practitioner can properly diagnose high blood pressure. You should never try to self-diagnose and treat. Remember, this condition is called the “silent” killer for a reason.
People who have high blood pressure have greater risk factors for serious side effects and complications including but not limited to higher risk of vascular problems such as stroke, heart disease, heart failure, heart attack, and even an aneurysm.
Can high blood pressure be treated?
Due to the serious health problems that can arise as a result of high blood pressure, it is important to work with your healthcare provider on a treatment plan. If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, your doctor may prescribe blood pressure medicines such as beta-blockers to lower blood pressure. You may also need to get a blood pressure monitor that you can use at home. They may also suggest making some healthy lifestyle changes. This is where dooable health can help.
We work with clients all of the time who come to us after their doctors have recommended lifestyle changes to help manage their hypertension. Our health coaching program is designed to work alongside your health care team to help you make long-term positive changes. After working through our program, many individuals have been so successful at changing their diet and exercise habits, that they have been able to come off their prescribed blood pressure medications.
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