Symptoms and Treatment of High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is known as the "silent killer" because, typically, there are no symptoms associated with hypertension. This is why it is essential for your doctor to check your blood pressure each time you are examined. Normal blood pressure is 120/80. Early signs of high blood pressure fall between 120/80 and 140/90. Over 140/90 signals high blood pressure.
Managing high blood pressure usually requires more than one medication. Most doctors prescribe ACE inhibitors first then add other anti-hypertension drugs.
Be aware that some blood pressure medications may adversely affect your blood sugar levels. If you notice this occurring, bring it to your doctor's attention immediately.
Preventing High Blood Pressure
By working with your physician you can lower and control high blood pressure. Managing your blood pressure will help decrease your risk of cardiovascular disease.
Compared to people with normal blood pressure readings, men and women with hypertension have an increased risk of:
Coronary artery disease (heart disease) Strokes
Peripheral vascular disease (hardening of the arteries in the legs and feet) Heart failure
Having a normal blood pressure is as important as having good control of your blood sugar levels.
What Are the Symptoms of High Blood Pressure?
Usually, high blood pressure has no symptoms. That's why it's so important to have your blood pressure checked on a regular basis (during all visits with your health care provider) and to follow your health care provider's recommendations on home blood pressure monitoring.
What Lifestyle Changes Can Prevent and Treat High Blood Pressure?
To treat and help prevent high blood pressure:
Control your blood sugar by eating regularly scheduled, portion controlled meals Eat healthy
Maintain a healthy body weight Limit alcohol consumption Exercise
Limit salt intake
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