What Is High Blood Pressure?
High blood pressure is a blood pressure reading of 140/90 mmHg or higher.
Both numbers are important. Once high blood pressure develops, it usually
lasts a lifetime. The good news is that it can be treated and controlled.
High blood pressure is often called “silent killer" because it usually
has no symptoms. Some people may not find out they have it until they have
trouble with their heart, brain, or kidneys.
Common Causes of High Blood Pressure
- Genetic factors
- Excessive alcohol
- Birth control pills
- Pain relievers
Other underlying causes may include:
- Kidney diseases
- Adrenal diseases
- Abnormal blood vessels
- Eclampsia / Pre-eclampsia in pregnant women
- Thyroid diseases
Risks of High Blood Pressure
When high blood pressure is not found and treated, it can cause:
- The heart to get larger, which may lead to heart failure.
- Small bulges (aneurysms) to form in blood vessels. Common locations
are the main artery from the heart (aorta), arteries in the brain, legs,
and intestines, and the artery leading to the spleen.
- Blood vessels in the kidney to narrow, which may cause kidney
- Arteries throughout the body to "harden" faster, especially those in
the heart, brain, kidneys, and legs. This can cause a heart attack,
stroke, kidney failure, or amputation of part of the leg.
- Blood vessels in the eyes to burst or bleed, which may cause vision
changes and can result in blindness.
What do patients feel with high blood pressure?
Uncomplicated high blood pressure usually occurs without any symptoms.
Therefore, hypertension has been labeled "the silent killer." In other
words, the disease can progress without symptoms (silently) to finally
develop any one or more of the several potentially fatal complications of
hypertension such as heart attacks or strokes. Some people with
uncomplicated hypertension, however, may experience symptoms such as
headache, dizziness, shortness of breath, and blurred vision.
Which lifestyle modifications are beneficial in treating high
Lifestyle modifications refer to certain specific recommendations for
changes in habits, diet and exercise. These modifications can lower the
blood pressure as well as improve a patient's response to blood pressure
Alcohol. People who drink alcohol excessively (over two
drinks per day) have a one and a half to two times increase in the
prevalence of hypertension. The association between alcohol and high blood
pressure is particularly noticeable when the alcohol intake exceeds 5 drinks
Smoking. Although smoking increases the risk of vascular
complications (for example, heart disease and stroke) in people who already
have hypertension, it is not associated with an increase in the development
of hypertension. Nevertheless, smoking a cigarette can repeatedly produce an
immediate, temporary rise in the blood pressure of 5 to10 mm Hg.
Coffee. In one study, the caffeine consumed in 5 cups of
coffee daily caused a mild increase in blood pressure in elderly people who
already had hypertension, but not in those who had normal blood pressures.
What's more, the combination of smoking and drinking coffee in persons with
high blood pressure may increase the blood pressure more than coffee alone.
Limiting caffeine intake and cigarette smoking in hypertensive individuals,
therefore, help control high blood pressure.
Salt. The American Heart Association recommends that the
consumption of dietary salt be less than 6 grams of salt per day in the
general population and a lower level (for example, less than 4 grams) for
people with hypertension. To achieve a diet containing less than 4 grams of
salt, a person should not add salt to their food or cooking. Also, the
amount of natural salt in the diet can be reasonably estimated from the
labeling information provided with most purchased foods.
Obesity. Obesity is common among hypertensive patients,
and its prevalence increases with age. In fact, obesity may be what
determines the increased incidence of high blood pressure with age. Weight
loss may help reverse problems related to obesity while also lowering the
blood pressure. It has been estimated that the blood pressure can be
decreased 0.32 mm Hg for every 1 kg (2.2 pounds) of weight lost down to
ideal body weight for the individual.
Exercise. A regular exercise program may help lower
blood pressure over the long term. For example, activities such as jogging,
bicycle riding, or swimming for 30 to 45 minutes daily may ultimately lower
blood pressure by as much as 5 to15 mm Hg. Moreover, there appears to be a
relationship between the amount of exercise and the degree to which the
blood pressure is lowered. Thus, the more you exercise (up to a point), the
more you lower the blood pressure. The beneficial response of the blood
pressure to exercise occurs only with aerobic (vigorous and sustained)
exercise programs. Therefore, any exercise program must be recommended or
approved by an individual's physician.
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