• Toni Toni
    March 13, 2009
    how long can you live on high blood pressure without taking medication before complications arrise
    Toni Toni
    March 13, 2009

    I am really having a hard time starting my medication, it seems once you start taking one thing you are on other things, i am trying to put this off as long as possible. My pressure usually runs 180/105.



  • Lisa Nelson
    Health Pro
    March 13, 2009
    Lisa Nelson
    Health Pro
    March 13, 2009

    Hi Toni,

    The Joint National Committee defines four blood pressure categories.

    Very High Range - Stage 2 Hypertension
    Systolic (top) blood pressure 160 mm Hg or high
    Diastolic (bottom) blood pressure 100 mm Hg or higher
    If in this range you have hypertension (high blood pressure).

    High Range - Stage 1 Hypertension
    Systolic (top) blood pressure 140 - 159 mm Hg
    Diastolic (bottom) blood pressure 90 - 99 mm Hg
    If in this range you have hypertension (high blood pressure).

    Caution Range - Prehypertension
    Systolic (top) blood pressure 120 - 139 mm Hg
    Diastolic (bottom) blood pressure 80 - 89 mm Hg
    Take action!

    Normal Range - Normal
    Systolic (top) blood pressure below 120 mm Hg
    Diastolic (bottom) blood pressure below 80 mm Hg


    High blood pressure is not something to play with, especially with a blood pressure of 180/105 which falls in the Very High Range.


    Let me give you a brief idea of what's going on:


    High blood pressure increases the hearts workload by making the heart pump harder through the arteries. If the high pressure continues over a long period of time, the functioning of the heart and arteries (and other organs, such as the kidneys') gradually deteriorates under the strain. The added workload causes the heart to enlarge. If your heart enlarges too much, it may have difficulty meeting the needs of your body.


    Arteries harden as a normal process of aging. High blood pressure speeds up this process. Hardened and narrowed arteries are less effective at delivering oxygen and nutrients to your organs. If the needs of your organs are not met, they do not work properly. Blood clot's become a risk as arteries narrow, cutting off the body's blood supply.


    High blood pressure increases your risk for stroke, congestive heart failure, kidney failure, and heart attack. High blood pressure combined with excess weight, high cholesterol, smoking, or diabetes, increases the risk exponentially.


    There is no one set time for how long it takes for these complications to arise. Everyone's situation is different. I encourage you to work with your physician to treat your condition now.


    All the best,
    Lisa Nelson RD
    Natural Ways to Lower Blood Pressure




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