Understanding Hypertension

Welcome to this ‘Veda=Wisdom’ series on hypertension – a crucial health topic that affects millions of people worldwide. Let us understand briefly the causes and its effects and understand management and prevention strategies of high blood pressure

Whether you’re already dealing with high blood pressure, seeking ways to maintain a healthy blood pressure range, or simply eager to expand your understanding of cardiovascular health, this series will unfold strategies to manage this condition.

What is hypertension, how it’s diagnosed, and why it’s a significant concern?

Hypertension, commonly known as high blood pressure, is a chronic medical condition characterized by elevated force against walls of the artery as the heart pumps blood. It’s a silent but potent risk factor leading to serious health issues like heart disease, stroke, and kidney problems.

Diagnosis involves measuring blood pressure using a sphygmomanometer. It’s recorded as two numbers: systolic (pressure during heartbeats) and diastolic (pressure between beats). Normal blood pressure is around 120/80 mm Hg. Hypertension is typically diagnosed when readings consistently exceed 140/90 mm Hg.

Most often high blood pressure is of stealthy nature; it shows no symptoms until complications arise. Early detection and management are crucial to prevent severe health consequences, making regular check-ups and lifestyle modifications are essential.

What are the common contributing factors that could be elevating the blood pressure?

Understanding these contributing factors and addressing them through lifestyle changes and medical management can help prevent or control high blood pressure and reduce the risk of associated health problems.

Armed with knowledge and practical tips, you’ll be better equipped to take control of your blood pressure health, reduce your risk, and promote overall well-being.

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