High Blood Pressure: What does it mean?

General Hypertension

A Clock showing low to High Blood Pressure

High Blood Pressure (HBP) is the condition where the blood consistently has a high force or pressure against the Blood vessel(Arterial Wall). Normally the blood flows in the blood vessel at a relatively normal pressure and pressure only gets high during strenuous activities like exercise which is normal for the Health. When this pressure consistently gets high even during non strenuous activity or rest, this condition is called Hypertension or HBP. At this point, it is detrimental to the Health. The normal blood pressure of an Adult is about 120/80. Hypertension is diagnosed when the blood pressure is 140/90 or higher, and it’s considered severe when it is 180/120. Often times, Hypertension doesn’t provide Symptoms, it is therefore dubbed “A Silent Killer”.

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SYMPTOMS

It is a very common Ailment in Nigeria as over 1.5 million cases present every year according to the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan.  However over time, Hypertension presents the following Symptoms :

  • Severe Headache Fatigue and Confusion. 
  • Problems with Vision.
  • Chest Pain.
  • Pounding in Chest Ears and Difficult Breathing.
  • Irregular Heartbeat.
  • Present of Blood in Urine.
    • If left untreated it can lead to complicated Disorders like Cardiac Diseases and even Stroke. Early Detection is Key for the treatment of Hypertension. Leaving a Healthy lifestyle with Good diets and Exercise is key in treating Hypertension. Diet rich in Potassium is often advised as Potassium buffers the Sodium in an Hypertensive Patient. 
Doctor measures and notices High Blood Pressure

The Older we get the more likely we are to develop Hypertension. It is often advised to always check your blood pressure at least once in 3 years when we attain the age of about 40. Individuals with poor lifestyle who eat junks,Drink alcohol and smoke heavily are likely to develop the Ailment. People who also lack Exercise and are prone to Heavy Stress are also Victims. Individual that are Obese tends to develop Hypertension along the line. Obesity is known to expose the body system to terminal ailments, Hypertension inclusive. It is advised that obese individual should visit a Physician to know the exercise routine to embark on to aid Weight Lose.

Visit a Physician today and check your Blood pressure.

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