There is so much information out there on Hypertension. Despite that, I realize that there are still a lot of persons that don’t know anything about Hypertension and its effects on the human body. This can be a very dangerous thing as Hypertension is considered to be one of the deadliest health issue faced by people today. As the years go by, more and more person are affected by this health issue and a lot of persons die as well. They say knowledge is power, so you need to arm yourself with the knowledge of what Hypertension is. Everyone needs to know about hypertension because you could be affected by Hypertension without knowing, and when you do find out, it may be too late This is why I am writing this article, as Hypertension Awareness is critical in this day and age.
What is Hypertension
To begin raising awareness about Hypertension, first you need to know what Hypertension is. Ever been to the doctor for a check up and during the process they check your blood pressure? Your blood pressure measurement is the key element in what hypertension is. Hypertension is also offered to as, “High Blood Pressure.” Hypertension or High Blood pressure has to do with the high pressure that the blood in the body exerts on the blood vessels or artery walls over an extended period. This high pressure over time leads to some serious illnesses and diseases and I will speak about later in this article.
Hypertension: This is the medical condition where a persons blood pressure is consistently and abnormally high over and extended period.
Have you ever heard about the “Silent Killer?” This is one of the other names that is associated with Hypertension. The reason for this is that health issue can be affecting you for years without showing any signs or symptoms. Sounds scary right? It is scary, because you can have Hypertension for years and not know until its too late. When is it considered to be too late you may ask? When you are diagnoses with deadly illnesses such as Heart Disease, Kidney Disease, Stroke or even worst, you die. It is a fact that Hypertension is one of the major causes of death around the world and is just as deadly as illnesses like Cancer and other major illnesses.
Its is important to note though that some persons may experience some form of symptom like headaches, dizziness, nosebleeds or even shortness of breath.
This is why raising awareness is very import and this article aims to do just that.
Types of Hypertension
There are quite a few Types of Hypertension that affect people. Some are not as sever as others, however I will be looking at the most important ones that you need to know about.
- Primary or Essesncial Hypertension: This is a type of hypertension where the cause for the high blood pressure can not be identified. It may be as a result of bad diet practices, bad lifestyle practices or even genetics, like for instance, If hypertension runs in your family, there is a chance that you could develop it as well.
- Secondary Hypertension: This type of hypertension is generally caused by other related illnesses. There are quite a few of these related illnesses that can lead to hypertension. Illnesses such as Kidney Problems, Thyroid problems, and Adrenal gland tumors are just a few of the underlining illnesses that may cause Hypertension.
- Pulmonary Hypertension: This types of Hypertension affects the lungs and as a result forces the heart to work harder to pump blood to the lungs. There are about five (5) different groups or types of Pulmonary Hypertension. This type of Hypertension is a very serious type of Hypertension and once diagnosed, must be taken very seriously.
- Isolated systolic hypertension: This type of Hypertension is detected when you Check your Blood Pressure. In checking your blood pressure you will see two readings, a top figure and a bottom figure. The top figure is called the Systolic Pressure and refers to the pressure that the heart pumps the blood in the arteries and the bottom figure refers to the Diastolic Pressure and is the pressure in the arteries when the heart is at rest between beats. When the Systolic pressure is higher than 130 mm Hg and the Diastolic Pressure is normal, this is offered to as Isolated Systolic Hypertension.
- Malignant Hypertension: This is a type of Hypertension that develops very quickly and can lead to organ damage. This type of Hypertension is similar to Seconday Hypertension can be caused as a result of other health issues like Kidney disease, spinal cord injury and even drug abuse.
Factors that may make you at Risk of Hypertension
- Family History or Genetics: If Hypertension is something that runs in your family, for example; if your father or grandfather or mother has hypertension, then the chances of you getting hypertension is very high.
- Being Overweight: The more weight the body has, the harder the heart has to work which leads to a higher pressure in the blood vessels.
- Lack of Exercise: This may lead to being overweight which also makes the heart work harder.
- Age: There was a time when hypertension was considered as something that happens to you when you get to the age 50 and older. In recent times though, it has been realized that you can be diagnosed with hypertension at any age, whether young or old. I can speak for myself as I was diagnosed with hypertension in my late 20’s.
- Race: It has been noted that hypertension is more prevalent or common in black people that white, however I think it has gotten to the point where it is on equal ground.
- Job Type: There are some jobs out there that just the mere nature of the job brings on hypertension. Jobs such a Police Officers, Security Guards or any job with a stressful environment, you will find a high number of persons with hypertension.
It is to be noted that there are other factors such as a salty diet, stress, drinking too much alcohol, using tobacco as well as other chronic illnesses.
Health Issues that are Related to Hypertension
There other illnesses that go hand in hand with Hypertension. Some of these illnesses can because by hypertension while some can because as a result of having hypertension.
- Trouble with memory and understanding
- Heart Attack or Stroke
- Heart Failure
- Kidney Disease
- Heart Disease
Knowledge is Power
In the end, knowledge is power, and arming yourself with information on hypertension will see you living a much longer and healthy life. The aim is to Know your status as a lot of persons are walking around like a ticking time bomb that could explode at any time and result in your death. Start by checking your blood pressure regularly so you can detect the onset of hypertension at an early stage. The next step is to get your pressure under control.
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