High Blood Pressure Symptoms can Indicate More Problems

November 12, 2012

High Blood Pressure Symptoms can Indicate More Problems

Being aware of your blood pressure and whether it is high, normal or low is something that most people should know. The test takes less than a couple of minutes and gives a reading right away and blood pressure tests are everywhere. Chemists, doctor’s surgeries and clinics all have a blood pressure kit. You can even buy cheap testers to use at home.

You should know high blood pressure symptoms and be aware that high blood pressure increases the risk of developing many life threatening conditions such as heart disease or stroke.

Blood pressure readings have two numbers, the systolic pressure and the diastolic pressure. The systolic pressure is an indication when the body is physically working. The diastolic indicates pressure when the body is at rest. Normal blood pressure is considered to be around 120/80. An easier to understand description could be that blood pressure is a comparison between the pressure on the walls of the arteries when someone physically works and is at rest.

Blood pressure can rise and fall within limits and this is normal and no high blood pressure symptoms will present themselves. When we exert ourselves or become stressed blood pressure can rise and this is normal as long as it returns to a normal level. If the blood level does not drop to what is considered normal then that condition is called hypertension (high blood pressure).

An indication of high, normal and low blood pressure rates are shown below:

Systolic pressure (mm Hg)

Diastolic pressure (mm Hg)

Blood Pressure Ranges

Description

60

40

Low

Dangerously Low

90

60

Low

Below Normal

120

80

Normal

Normal

130

85

Normal

Above Average

140

90

High

Stage 1 Hypertension

160

100

High

Stage 2 Hypertension

180

110

High

Stage 3 Hypertension

210

120

Very High

Stage 4 Hypertension

The numbers in the normal range may increase a little if the person is older.

High blood pressure can be present in people without them showing any high blood pressure symptoms, this makes regular testing all the more important. Although no high blood pressure symptoms are common with the condition, if the person has very high blood pressure or very fast changes in pressure then fits, fainting spells, headaches and problems with sight may occur.

Finding out that you have high blood pressure may not even necessitate the taking of medication. Changing lifestyle to a more healthy way of life can produce many improvements and reduce blood pressure. Although you do not get many high blood pressure symptoms low blood pressure will normally have indications. This is because to have low blood pressure coming on usually means that your body is experiencing a problem which could be as serious as a heart attack or stroke.

If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure then, in most cases, your doctor will advise a healthy balanced diet and taking more exercise. Take at least 30 minutes of mildly aerobic exercise everyday and cut back on the saturated fats, sugars and empty calories. And if you smoke try to quit and keep your drinking to recommended levels. Obese or overweight people should try to lose weight.

There are lots of healthy foods that can be brought in to replace those processed, high salt and sugar foods that should be avoided. Add fatty fish, high in omega-3s, such as salmon, mackerel or herring. Make sure that any meat you eat is lean, or better still try tofu or beans as a substitute every now and then. Eat lots of fruit and vegetables and recent research has indicated that herbs like oregano, parsley, garlic and basil may have beneficial effects when dealing with high blood pressure.

So to ensure that high blood pressure symptoms are avoided eat healthily, do regular exercise, stop smoking and cut back on the alcohol and in the vast majority of cases no medication will be required and the ‘silent killer’ has been avoided.

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