HYPERTENSION-THE SILENT KILLER- KNOW IT THE BETTER WAY

by Dr Nafeesa Alwathaifi on October 17, 2018
Lifeworks in Media

Hypertension or high blood pressure or BP is a common condition in which the long-term force of the blood against artery walls eventually leads to end organ damage which means hypertension targets mainly : the brain, heart and kidneys.

Hypertension is defined as having a blood pressure higher than 140 over 90 mmHg. This means the systolic reading (the pressure as the heart pumps blood around the body) is over 140 mmHg (millimeters of mercury) and/or the diastolic reading (as the heart relaxes and refills with blood) is over 90 mmHg.

Two types of hypertension are there:

1-Primary: which develops over years , and is usually due to genetic causes and sedentary lifestyle.

2-Secondary hypertension: is caused by underlying condition like kidney problems, thyroid problems, fatty liver, alcohol abuse or tumors.

There are risk factors that contribute to hypertension like : age, family history, being overweight, sedentary life style, smoking , stress.

Uncontrolled blood pressure can lead to:

  • Heart attack/myocardial infarction or stroke.
  • Aneurysm

Heart failure

  • Weakened and narrowed blood vessels in your kidneys
  • Thickened, narrowed or torn blood vessels in the eyes.
  • Metabolic syndrome.
  • Trouble with memory or understanding.

How to manage hypertension:

Several antihypertensive medications are available , but without making some life style changes they won’t help.

Life style changes you need to make are:

  • Eating a healthier diet with less salt
  • Exercising regularly
  • Quitting smoking
  • Limiting the amount of alcohol you drink
  • Maintaining a healthy weight or losing weight if you’re overweight or obese
  • Consume a diet rich in fruit and vegetables (e.g. at least five portions per day)

Remedies that Help too

  • Practice relaxation or slow, deep breathing
  • Control blood pressure during pregnancy
  • Take your medications properly
  • Adopt healthy habits.
  • Manage stress

If you would like to talk, feel free to reach out to us. An LifeWorks therapist would be able to help.

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