5.01.2008

Hypertension: The Silent Killer


Many cases of hypertension have shown minor symptoms and sometimes none at all, thus calling it the silent killer. I am suffering from it and I thought sharing some information about hypertension or high blood pressure could save some lives.

What is Blood Pressure?
Blood pressure is what keeps us alive. It circulates the blood through several parts of our body and sends nutrients and oxygen to our vital organs. For every beat of the heart, it pumps blood into the arteries and creates a pressure on it.

What Makes a Blood Pressure Go High?
Blood pressure changes through out the day as you do different activities. The normal blood pressure is measured around 120/85mmHg, wherein the first number is called systolic and the second one is diastolic. These numbers tell us whether we are going hypertensive or not so it is better to keep an eye on those. Blood pressure go above the normal depending on the activities we are engaged in, and also on the diet and lifestyle that we have. If your blood pressure reaches 140/90 or higher, then you are hypertensive or as we say it in Tagalog, 'High blood ka na' and you need to take a rest, take your medicines or consult a doctor. People who have a higher risk of being hypertension are:

  • smokers (whether you are a chain smoker or not)
  • people who are overweight
  • people who regularly eat salty and fatty foods
  • people who take more alcohol
  • people who are usually under stress
  • people who don't have much activity or exercise
  • people with high cholesterol level
  • people with diabetes
  • people with heart disease
  • people who had stroke
  • people with kidney disease
What are the Symptoms of Hypertension?
Normally, hypertension don't give off any warnings so most of the time you'll never know that you're having it. For some people, they experience these symptoms:
  • heavy feeling on the back of the neck and on the forehead
  • blood pressure is palpating and you feel it in your veins
How to Prevent High Blood Pressure?
Here's what you can do to prevent hypertension:
  • do not eat too much salty and fatty foods
  • maintain your ideal weight
  • exercise regularly
  • sleep at least 6-8 hours a day
  • stop smoking
  • limit alcohol intake
  • avoid too much caffeine
  • monitor your blood pressure regularly
  • take medications against high blood pressure
  • when you're having high blood pressure right now, deeply breathing (inhale deeply then hold it for 5 seconds then exhale) will help you relax and lower your blood pressure right away.
Hypertension, if left untreated could lead to stroke, heart diseases, kidney failure, blindness, and even death. It is a silent killer but it is also a serious disease that we should all be aware of. Any age could be hypertensive, yes even kids, so let us not take this for granted. Have your blood pressure checked regularly and live a healthy lifestyle.

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