High Blood Pressure Symptoms And Treatments

An article telling of the symptons of high blood pressure, what can happen if not treated and ways that it can be treated. Untreated condition can lead to heart disease, stroke and also death.

Very seldom are there visible signs that a person might have high blood pressure and this is why many people have it and yet remain untreated. It is these people, along with the 70 million who have already been diagnosed, that have a much higher risk of heart attacks or a stroke than if they did not have this disease.

How is it possible that one can have high blood pressure and not know it? It's because that there are very few warning signs or symptoms of the disease and this is also the reason that it has at times been referred to as, "The Silent Killer".

High blood pressure is known to be hereditary and thus it is suggested if family members are under a doctor's care for this disease, that you be tested as well. Though there are not many outward symptoms, the few ones that are known are that a person can be abnormally tired for no apparent reason and also suffer from headaches, which are not stress related.

If you have high blood pressure, are you fighting a hopeless battle? No! Even though it's hard to fight what we can't see, in this case an ounce of prevention is definitely worth a pound of cure. If you have a mild case of high blood pressure (sometimes also referred to as hypertension) most physicians prefer to treat the patient with a regular exercise routine. In many patients the combination of exercise (preferably aerobic), along with weight control, not smoking and limiting salt-intake is all that is needed to control the disease. Patients with more serious cases that have gone untreated for too long will most always be prescribed medication as well.

If left untreated, high blood pressure can cause the muscle in your heart to get weak over a period of time by over-working it. This in turn causes your heart to work harder, and in time it enlarges it. A weak heart muscle that does not pump blood properly is one of the primary causes of heart attacks. There have been tests done which show a direct link between high blood pressure, heart diseases and kidney failure. Hypertension/High Blood Pressure untreated is proven to damage the heart, arteries, brain and kidneys.

In order to correctly diagnose high blood pressure, a series of tests need to be done. It is advised that before the tests that you do not either drink any caffeine or smoke for a minimum of ½ hour, preferably longer for the most accurate reading. It is standard procedure that two tests are ordered and that both results be combined in order to give the patients general over-all blood pressure level.

As stated earlier, regular exercise is a must and with it alone, it is possible to reduce the chances of having a stroke by 70%. Exercising helps to get the blood flowing more easily, which in turn makes it easier for the heart to pump blood through out the body. If left untreated, high blood pressure can lead to irreversible damage in the heart.

If you fear that you may suffer from this disease, I urge you to make an appointment with your family physician and get tested. It is quick, painless and it can most assuredly help to save and/or prolong your life.

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