Be honest, when was the last time you had your blood pressure checked?
Do you have a family history of Heart disease or Kidney disease?
Did you know that HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE is mostly symptomless health risk that can lead to heart attacks, heart disease, and strokes?
Every person over the age of 40 should get his/her blood pressure checked regularly. It is the best way to diagnose any irregularities in blood pressure early and help with establishing the necessary interventions.
Early interventions allows for easier treatment options such as:
- Dietary changes
It’s important to know what the numbers mean. General rules for blood pressure readings are: [source: WebMD]
- Normal: Less than 120 over 80 (120/80)
- Prehypertension: 120-139 over 80-89
- Stage 1 high blood pressure: 140-159 over 90-99
- Stage 2 high blood pressure: 160 and above over 100 and above
- High blood pressure in people over age 60: 150 and above over 90 and above
High blood pressure, also called hypertension, can be broken down in several ways.
~Primary hypertension is usually seen in individuals with a family history of high blood pressure.
~Secondary hypertension is associated with another underlying health condition.
In most cases, symptoms of high blood pressure are seen only when there is a hypertensive crisis, such as blood pressure readings above 180/110 mm Hg. Some of these symptoms can easily be confused as other issues. The symptoms can include:
- Headache or blurred vision
- Increasing confusion
- Increasing chest pain
- Increasing shortness of breath
- Swelling or edema (fluid buildup in the tissues)
Left undetected, hypertension could lead to arterial damage, which in turn could cause many other life threatening health conditions such as:
- Heart Attack
- Kidney failure
Blood Pressure is one of the most common problems for men and women. That’s why it’s important to have regular checks ups and monitor it as you get older.
There are times a more skilled hand is needed to monitor blood pressure and properly assess the readings. For example: when caring for an elderly or a person after a heart surgery; someone who has Kidney disease. There are many circumstances that require BP monitoring by your doctor or a more trained professional. A professional home health care provider like Florida Home Care, can provide you with highly skilled nurses to help you with regular monitoring of Blood Pressure. They are trained to recognize symptoms before they become an emergency.
Don’t you think it’s time to get your pressure checked?
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