Monday, 13 April 2015

5 Things You May Not Know About Hypertension

Hypertension is a 'silent killer'. Moreso, because many people tend to only seek medical care when they feel sick. With hypertension, a slight headache and a few nights of sleeplessness may be all the warning you get before you have a stroke.

If you are hypertensive or know someone who is, please understand that hypertension has NO cure. The medication you are placed on are lifelong medications. You should not stop just because you feel 'better'.

Here's a list of 5 things you may not know about hypertension:
  1. Some common over-the-counter medications can increase your blood pressure. You should be wary of pain medications like ibuprofen, naproxen and cold medications that contain pseudoephedrine. If you already have high blood pressure, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using any of these drugs.
  2. Using lower doses of more than one medication can help to control blood pressure better and cause fewer side effects than taking higher doses of one medication. Your doctor can prescribe   one of the available anti-hypertensive combinations.
  3. Your risk of heart-related disease and death doubles for every 20mmHg rise in systolic pressure and 10mmHg rise in diastolic pressure above normal (120/80mmHg).
  4. For most people, the ideal blood pressure reading is 140/90. If you have diabetes, your target should be less than 130/80mmHg. 
  5. You can develop hypertension during pregnancy so ensure you have regular antenatal visits to prevent pregnancy complications like preeclampsia.

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