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HBP; Blood pressure - high
Ask your doctor how often you should have your blood pressure checked. Some people may need to check their blood pressure regularly at home.
Medicines and lifestyle changes, such as exercising and following a health diet, may be needed. If you have other risk factors for heart disease, especially diabetes, your doctor will consider starting medications sooner rather than later. The goal is to lower your blood pressure below 140/90, or below 130/80 if you have diabetes or kidney disease.
Call your health care provider if
If you have high blood pressure, you will have regularly scheduled appointments with your doctor.
Call your health care provider right away if home monitoring shows that your blood pressure remains high or you have any of the following symptoms:
Nausea and vomiting
Shortness of breath
It is estimated that one in four adults (approximately 50 million) in the United States has elevated blood pressure – and more than 30 percent of them are unaware of it. Since people with hypertension may not exhibit any symptoms, their high blood pressure is often undiagnosed until complications occur. It has been proven that blood pressure screening facilitates early diagnosis and treatment. Proper treatment clearly reduces the risk of the complications associated with hypertension. Blood pressure Blood pressure is the force exerted against artery walls as blood is carried through the circulatory system. The measurement of force is made in relation to the heart's pumping activity, and is measured in millimeters of mercury (mmHg). The higher number, or systolic pressure, is the measurement of pressure that occurs when the ventricle of the heart contracts or beats. The lower number, or diastolic pressure, is the measurement recorded between beats, while the heart is ...
In most cases, it is extremely difficult to detect hypertension because it reveals little to no symptoms. Therefore, people are generally unaware that they have been comprised by the disease. When you have reached Stage Two high blood pressure, it is severe and requires immediate medical attention. It is very important that you get into the habit of having your blood pressure checked regularly to avoid further complications.
Severe high blood pressure primarily occurs in the late stages of hypertension and is presumably life-threatening. Even at this stage, patients may not experience any symptoms. Stage Two high blood pressure is classified as having systolic pressure greater than 180 and/or diastolic pressure above 120. Blood pressure levels that have reached these measurements cause great alarm.
Subsequently, serious complications can occur such as blood vessel rupture, swelling of the brain and kidney failure. If you were to experience any symptoms at this stage, you...
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