Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) is a chronic health condition where the pressure of the blood flowing through the arteries is persistently high. Hypertension is a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases like heart attack and stroke.
What causes high blood pressure?
There are two types of hypertension: Primary Hypertension and Secondary Hypertension.
Primary Hypertension is the most common type of hypertension (>90% of all cases) and it is usually associated with unhealthy lifestyle (obesity, excess salt intake) and genetic factors.
Secondary Hypertension is caused by underlying condition such as kidney disease or hormonal disorder.
How do I know if I have high blood pressure?
Most patients with hypertension has no symptoms. However, some may experience giddiness, fainting spells, headache and neck ache.
How can I control my high blood pressure?
- Monitor your blood pressure regularly
- Work with your doctor to help you make a plan to lower your high blood pressure effectively.
- Have a lifestyle change such as maintaining your weight, have a well-balance diet and exercise frequently.
- Do not smoke
- Take your medication based on what the doctor has advised.
Why blood pressure matters?
High blood pressure may result in the hardening and narrowing of arteries and increases your risk for dangerous health conditions such as heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, chronic heart failure and peripheral artery disease.
At Acumed Medical Group, our screening and examinations would be able to quickly identify risks like high blood pressure that can be dangerous if left untreated and hence its best to seek treatment early at our clinics.
*This articles in no way represent the medical advices of Acumed Medical Group and is intended solely for blogging purposes