High Blood Pressure: Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

This is a health condition affecting every third American adult. There are more than 70 million who are affected by it. In fact, even if you already don’t have it, you are among the other one-third who are most likely to have this condition. This problem is high blood pressure, also called ‘hypertension’.

Even if you don’t have it, you are at a very high risk of developing it. This is why it is so important to know if you have any kind of high blood pressure symptoms.

Early Warning Signs Your Blood Pressure Is High

What is unique about high blood pressure is that this condition in itself is not a problem. The problem lies in that it can cause various dangerous health conditions, such as heart attack, stroke, chronic heart failure, and even kidney disease.

The unfortunate thing about high blood pressure is that most people will show no symptoms even if they have very high blood pressure readings. This is why almost one-fifth American adults are suffering from this condition and still don’t know that they have it.

Exercise and diet are two most crucial tools to help in the prevention and treatment of high blood pressure in natural and effective way. Even our mainstream medicine accepts this.

Symptoms of High Blood Pressure & Life Expectancy

Is high blood pressure a disease? Yes, it is a common disease that involves blood flowing through the arteries and blood vessels at higher pressure than normally.

The United States looses around $46 billion every year due to hypertension. The country spends all this money on the involved medications for treating the symptoms, on health care services, and the loss in terms of missed work days.

Harmful beta-blockers are normally prescribed as the standard medical treatment to patients with elevated blood pressure. Patients are given diuretics and ACE inhibitor drugs, and are also asked to limit salt in their diet. All of these can be helpful but they never address the roots of the problem. On the other hand they can create more problems. It is common for everyone to encourage the fear of salt for the good of our health. But the truth is that reducing consumption of salt by extreme levels to fight high blood pressure symptoms is a highly contentious, debatable, and even destructive thing with many reasons.

Blood pressure refers to the force with which the blood pushes against the arterial walls when the heart pumps the blood. You will have high blood pressure when the force is excessively high on the walls. As already mentioned, most people suffering from high blood pressure can have almost no signs or symptoms. But when you check the blood pressure readings, you will find them to be extremely high.

Measuring Blood Pressure

Measuring blood pressure involves 2 numbers that tell 2 different types of pressures. They are:

  • Systolic Pressure – This blood pressure refers to the pressure produced when your heart beats to pump blood.
  • Diastolic Pressure – It refers to the pressure when your heart rests between beats.

The ranges for blood pressure are as following 

  • High Blood Pressure (Stage I): 140 to 159 / 90 to 99
  • High Blood Pressure (Stage II): 160 or higher / 100 or higher
  • Prehypertension: 120 to 139 / 80 to 89
  • Normal Blood Pressure: 120 / 80

As already mentioned above, usually there will be no symptoms of high blood pressure when there is increase in your blood pressure. However, extremely high blood pressure can have certain warning signs. These can be:

  • Headaches
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Chest pains
  • Nosebleeds
  • Confusion
  • Vision changes
  • Tiredness
  • Earn nose / buzzing

If you are 50, your total life expectancy is going to be around 5 years longer if you have normal blood pressure compared to people with hypertension.

 it’s important to ensure that your high blood pressure symptoms remain within control.

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