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Hypertension: The Silent Killer You Should Know About

About


A medical condition where the pressure exerted by blood on the arteries and blood vessels becomes too high and causes health complications.


1 out of 20 cases of hypertension result from underlying health conditions and medications (1)


-Cases of hypertensive crisis require immediate hospitalization
-85 million people in the US are known to have high blood pressure or hypertension
-Shows no symptoms on the outside
-Is a lifestyle-related medical condition


Hypertension is a silent killer and known by the term ‘high blood pressure.’ The growth of the processed food industry and increasing salt intakes in diets leads to high blood pressure outcomes in lives. Those who are obese, drink alcohol, and consume a lot of processed foods are at an increased risk of hypertension than others. Since it’s a silent killer, getting your blood pressure levels checked out regularly is a must.


Symptoms


High blood pressure (hypertension) doesn’t have any specific symptoms that redflags patients, however, the severity of this condition leads to health-related issues.


People may experience
Shortness of breath
Sweating
Sleeping problems
Damage to the cardiovascular system, kidneys, headaches, and nose bleeds


Treatment


Self-care: Avoid emotional overeating, reduce the intake of salt, and consume a diet rich in fruits and vegetables which will reduce chances of hypertension. Make sure to get 30 minutes of moderately-intense physical activity like jogging, walking, swimming, or cycling 5 to 7 days a week


Medications: Calcium-channel blockers, beta-blockers, alpha-blockers, and medications used to lower high blood pressure levels.



Specialists- If your systolic blood pressure is over 180 and diastolic is over 120, seek medical attention immediately. At mfine, our healthcare professional will create a customized treatment plan for your needs and one that gets you back on your feet.

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