How To Stay Safe By Controlling Hypertension
Thereâ€™s a direct relationship between uncontrolled hypertension and risk of cardiovascular disease.
Nearly one in three American adultsâ€”approximately 70 millionâ€”have hypertension, and more than one-half of these adults don't have it under control.
- Requires regular monitoring
- May require ambulatory blood pressure monitoring
- Affects both sexes
- Ages affected are 18 years and above
Blood pressure (BP) is considered to be normal if it's below 120/80 mm Hg. Hypertension or high BP occurs when the systolic pressure ranges between 120 to 129 mm Hg and the diastolic pressure falls below 80 mm Hg. Uncontrolled hypertension may be fatal and if unchecked, it gets worse with time. Ideally, controlled hypertension is blood pressure below 140/90 mm Hg.
Most commonly headache, restlessness and perspiration are indicators.
People may experience:
Shortness of breath, nosebleed, chest pain, anxiety and vision changes may occur.
Self-care: Lifestyle modifications - maintaining healthy body weight, adopting a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy products with reduced levels of saturated l fat, reducing sodium intake, participating in regular aerobic physical activity and limiting alcohol consumption.
Medications: Duretics, ACE inhibitors, beta-blockers, or other options may be adopted. Some patients may require more than one prescription medication to reach optimal blood pressure.
Specialists: For other kinds, consult a physician or a hypertension specialist. At mfine weâ€™re here to help you with different areas of health issues, come on board for a holistic treatment program.