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A blood pressure reading has two numbers: a systolic blood pressure and a diastolic blood pressure. The systolic blood pressure is the maximum pressure the blood exerts on the vessels when the heart is beating. The diastolic blood pressure is the pressure the blood exerts on the vessels in between heartbeats. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, begins when the systolic blood pressure remains above 140 or when the diastolic blood pressure remains above 90. Hypertension can be a result of increased blood flow through vessels or increased resistance to ...Read more
Renal Failure&stroke: Problem is you usually don't notice anything. If hypertension persists untreated it can lead to renal (kidney) failure, stroke, heart disease, peripheral vascular disease, etc. At the very least, you can get your blood pressure checked in many supermarkets or pharmacies at their automated blood pressure machines. Desirable results would be less than 120/80 mm hg. ...Read more
Some causes of hypertension are reversible, most are not because in 95% of the cases we do not know what causes the development of high blood pressure. I suggest you read the following article:
http://www. Heart. Org/heartorg/conditions/highbloodpressure/preventiontreatmentofhighbloodpressure/prevention-treatment-of-high-blood-pressure_ucm_002054_article. Jsp. ...Read more
Treat high BP.: Hypertension can be treated without medication. Regular cardiovascular exercise, at least five days per week. DASH diet - salt < 2000mg daily, fiber (50 grams daily for women and 70 grams daily for men), lean protein sources and complex carbohydrates. Stress reduction - meditation and such. Sleep 6-9 hours nightly. Don't smoke cigarettes - ever. ...Read more
Genes and time: The arteries (vessels that transport blood away from heart) are very elegant pipes lined with muscle and smooth tissue to allow blood to travel quickly where its neeeded and to stretch or pulse based on body needs. As we get older, cholesterol deposits make them stiffer and less flexible increasing the pressure. High dietary sodium, kidney disease, obesity can also increase the volume of blood. ...Read more
Diet, exercise, meds: Htn requires a strong committment to treat effectively. Compliance with a weight loss diet, low salt and alcohol, coupled with regular aerobic exercise can help tremendously in keeping BP under control. For most, these will be necessary, along with meds in order to control BP adequately. Meds without lifestyle changes often just leads to more meds and side effects. Doing both works better. ...Read more
Not very: Usually it doesn't go away but if you're overweight and lose about 10% of your weight, you may see a significant drop in your bp. If you smoke or drink xs alcohol, changing these habits will also lower bp. For the majority though, once it diagnosed, it tends to require life long treatment for control. ...Read more
Start Lifestyle Changes: Guidelines on the management of HTN emphasize the importance of calculating and managing the overall cardiovascular risk of a patient. Lose weight to normal BMI, avoid smoking, avoid excessive etoh and other drugs. Monitor and treat for Diabetes and cholesterol. R/o sleep apnea. Exercise, enough sleep, rest, fun. Avoid too much stress.Start by downloading the DASH diet and read it. If on meds take them daily. Work with your doctors. Good luck. It can be managed well! ...Read more
Very important!: Hypertension is major risk factor for stroke. It can also lead to kidney failure and congestive heart failure. Even severe hypertension may not cause any symptoms for years. Treatment is very effective but the challenge is to convince patients to take their medicines consistently to maintain good control and to visit their physicians to ensure that blood pressure remains at optimum levels. ...Read more
Yes: High blood pressure can virtually always be controlled with a combination of medicine and lifestyle. When your doctor and you find that you are unable to control your blood pressure after a reasonable trial period (6 months or so), referral to a hypertension expert is appropriate. There are a large number of tests that can be performed, and having someone well versed in the evaluation is best. ...Read more
What Rx for HTN?:
40 F asks what to take for hypertension?
1. Find out cause. Treat the cause.
2. No Cause? Then first test the DASH diet.
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Do Chap 9 if team approves and if BP is diet sensitive BP will be much better in 2 weeks. ...Read more
Not always: Worrying can be a sign of anxiety, which is associated with increased risk of heart disease. This does not always manifest itself as high blood pressure though. There are ways to reduce the impact of worrying, especially cognitive-behavioral counseling. If you are troubled by these symptoms, I would find a clinical psychologist who can offer cognitive-behavioral or acceptance-committment therapy. ...Read more