High Blood Pressure – Do You Have It?
You could have Hypertension – also known as high blood pressure – and never even realize it. Unfortunately, you could also suffer the effects of hypertension, which can be fatal, finding out that you have the condition far too late. The truth is that most people miss the small signs of hypertension, and unless they have their blood pressure checked regularly, hypertension can sneak up on them, without them being the wiser.
In the very early stages of high blood pressure, you may have a slight headache fairly often. You may become dizzy from time to time, and you could even experience the occasional nosebleed. Unfortunately, unless you have the pressure of your blood checked, you will most likely naturally assume that these symptoms are related to something else. People get headaches for a wide range of reasons – few of those reasons are serious. We get dizzy if we don’t eat enough or if we stand up too fast in many instances. Nose bleeds can be associated with allergies or sinus problems.
The safest thing that you can do is to learn how to take your own blood pressure. This is easy – and free. You can purchase a blood pressure kit for use in your home, and these kits are quite affordable, and can be used over and over again. You can also take advantage of the blood pressure machines found in most pharmacies these days.
Learn what the normal range is for the pressure of blood. Discuss this with your doctor, and find out at what point you should make an appointment with him or her, concerning your blood’s pressure.
Take the pressure of your blood at least once or twice a month. Note that certain situations will slightly raise your blood’s pressure, so taking your blood pressure when you are relaxed is best. Early morning readings are typically the most accurate.
Of course, you don’t just want to be on the lookout for hypertension – you also want to try to prevent it. This is done by living a healthy lifestyle. Do not smoke, curb drinking, and make sure that you are getting plenty of exercise. Eat a healthy, reduced fat diet, and check with your doctor for other lifestyle changes that you can make to prevent hypertension. Of course, avoiding stress as much as possible is also highly recommended.
Hypertension is a very serious condition, but it can be prevented, and controlled if it does develop. Again, keep an eye on your blood pressure regularly, and know when to see your doctor for treatment or consultation.