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What You Should Know About Hypertension
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What You Should Know About Hypertension

Hypertension is one of the world’s most common ailments, but surprisingly knowledge of this disease is limited to a few; not necessarily because information about it is hidden but probably because the disease itself does not present in any outwardly threatening fashion and it is not considered communicable. Compare, for example, hypertension to the West Nile Virus or the Bird Flu, right away, people are inundated with information with respect to these illnesses and there is huge awareness of what to do and what not to do to prevent the spread of these diseases. Normally, once an alert is given, “everyone” is seen taking the necessary precautions to protect him or herself against the possibility of contracting the particular ailment.

Hopefully, concern about hypertension could elicit a similar sense of urgency and everyone would likewise take the necessary steps to protect themselves against this disease. Firstly, however, we must inform the public about the dangers of this illness. Here are some of the things you should know:

1. Hypertension is a disease of the circulatory system. It is an indication that the pressure in the system is consistently too high.

2. Hypertension is also referred to as high blood pressure.

3. High blood pressure is measured by determining the systolic and the diastolic pressure in the system.

4. The systolic pressure refers to the amount of pressure present in the system when the heart pushes the blood out. When the heart relaxes, the pressure present at this time is the diastolic pressure.

5. Systolic pressure consistently above 160 mm Hg and diastolic pressure consistently above 90 mm Hg is an indication of hypertension.

6. Prolonged high blood pressure can lead to other complications including heart and kidney diseases.

7. Various lifestyle habits including smoking and alcohol consumption are precursors for high blood pressure.

8. People who are overweight are likely to develop high blood pressure.

9. High consumption of sugar, salt and fat may lead to the development of high blood pressure.

10. You should have your blood pressure checked regularly by your healthcare provider.

11. Hypertension can be controlled through the use of prescribed medication or in some cases naturally through lifestyle and diet changes.

12. Daily exercise is essential in maintaining healthy blood pressure levels.

Hypertension does not receive the same kind of attention as some of the more communicable diseases but it is just as or in some cases more dangerous than many of these diseases. Take charge of your blood pressure today. Get started by visiting your doctor and changing any unhealthy lifestyle habits. You will be glad you did.

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