What is high blood pressure?
Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against blood vessel walls. It is measured millimeters of mercury (mm Hg). High Blood pressure means the pressure in your arteries is higher than it should be. Another name for high blood pressure is hypertension. Don’t feel like the lone ranger if you have high blood pressure. Nearly half of American adults have high blood pressure and many of them don’t even realize they have high blood pressure. The best and real way to know if you have high blood pressure is to have it checked. The reason it’s best to have you blood pressure checked is, there aren’t always symptoms. High Blood Pressure Is a Silent Killer.
Partnering With Your Doctor To Treat High Blood Pressure
When you go for your annual check up ask about your blood pressure. Let your doctor know you’re interested in keeping track of your blood pressure. When ever you’re in a pharmacy check your blood pressure there and write down the numbers if you’re not sure what they mean and ask your doctor. Your blood pressure is very important. There are many medical reasons to keep track of it. Learn what the numbers mean. Learn what safe numbers are as well as dangling on the line numbers.
What are the dangers High Blood Pressure
High Blood Pressure can quietly damage your body if left untreated. In some cases it can take years before symptoms occur. By this time you could have a disability, a bad quality of life or god forbid a fatal heart attack. About half the people with untreated High Blood Pressure die of Heart disease related to poor Blood flow, or even a Stroke. Eating Healthy and making Lifestyle changes can help control life threatening diseases.
High Blood Pressure Can damage Arteries
High blood pressure damages the cells in your arteries. When the fats from your diet enters the blood stream, They collect in the damaged arteries. Your artery walls will become less elastic. This WILL limit the blood flow to your body.
The constant pressure of blood moving through weakened arteries can cause any section of it’s wall to enlarge and for a bulge which is an Aneurysm. If an Aneurysm rupture’s it can cause life threatening internal bleeding. Although Aneurysm’s can form in any one of your body’s arteries it mostly forms in your body’s largest artery.
These are but just 2 examples of what High Blood Pressure can cause. Here is a list of more.
Damage to your Heart
Enlarged left heart
Coronary artery disease
There are so many Health conditions that High Blood Pressure can cause. The best thing to do is keep up with your blood pressure. talk to your doctor about it. Let him or Her know you’re very interested in your health. Get them to show you how to read the numbers yourself. Buy a little cheap blood pressure checker you can have at home.