Hypertension or High Blood pressure is oft referred to as the silent killer since many people remain unaware of its existence in their system. You many think that being called a killer disease is too harsh but the damage, this condition can do to your body – is no exaggeration. What does a high blood pressure condition mean? The blood that the heart is pumping is being pushed at a force much greater than the arteries can tolerate over time. This will ultimately weaken the arteries running through the body – it has the same effect as gushing water would have on the water pipes – they would burst. When your blood pressure is high the heart has to work much harder and this leads to the stiffening of the hearts muscles which in turn makes its work even more difficult. The risk of heart disease increases manifold as the walls of the heart thicken. The good news is that through constant monitoring it is possible to keep this killer at bay. Easy to use products like Omron HEM-7121 Blood Pressure Monitor and Rossmax Digital Wrist BP Monitor – S150 allow you to monitor your blood pressure from the comfort of your home and can be easily carried along wherever you go. Ensure that you see a physician if you do record high blood pressure.
Many Risks from HBP
Not just your heart, other vital organs are also at great risk due to this disease. When the force at which blood gets pumped increases, it surges to the blood vessels in the brain causing internal bleed and brain haemorrhage. This can either be fatal or cause irreparable damage to the brain leading to a vegetative state. I have lost a parent due to this disease. Hypertension also causes the brain to clog raising the risk of brain diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s – which are irreversible.
Your body’s filters – kidneys – are also at risk since the blood vessels become weak or thicken due to the high pressure of blood, making the kidneys unable to flush out the toxins and waste fluid from the body. Water retention in turn raises blood pressure even further ending up as a vicious cycle of irreparable damage and kidney failure.
Your eyes have thin and delicate blood vessels – imagine the impact on these tiny carriers when they get hit by the high pressure of the blood – they will get damaged or blocked resulting in lost or distorted vision.
Be Scared and Do Something about it
Apart from the above problems conditions like sleep apnea, lowered bone density and lowered sexual function also occur – maybe not life threatening but major dampeners to everyday life.
- Obesity and overweight increase the risk of this disease. Get in to shape now. Seek a doctor’s help if you can’t do it alone.
- Keep up the exercise regime – regular physical movement can lower blood pressure.
- Eat right and healthy. HBP is a lifestyle and food related illness – eating nutritious options at regular intervals can bring down your blood pressure.
- Reduce the amount of sodium you consume. Avoid extra salt and foods high in sodium.
- Kick the caffeine – high intake of this substances plays havoc on your body and blood pressure
Most importantly remain happy and positive – as stress builds up your blood pressure rises too. Before you know it, your body would have fallen prey to this silent yet deadly illness causing serious discomfort to you and your family.
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