Blood Pressure-Know The Facts

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Around 1 in 3 American adults suffers from high blood pressure. Having untreated high blood pressure can lead to serious health problems – coronary heart disease, heart failure, stroke, and kidney failure. Knowing the facts and myths about blood pressure can help keep you on track and avoid this medical problem.

Having low pressure actually isn’t good either and can be cause for concern if you experience dizziness, fainting, or even shock. However, it’s true that low blood pressure is actually normal for some people, but not all. During adolescence, size and levels of sexual development can determine your blood pressure even at this young age-most screenings happen at the age of 18 but others may recommend sooner. Women can have high blood pressure too, some who might be at an increased risk for high blood pressure include those ladies who are taking birth control or are pregnant, overweight, or post menopause.

Most adults with high blood pressure don’t even know they have it. A simple blood pressure measurement can find those affected. Problems sleeping, nervousness and sweating could be signs you have issues. Another myth we hear is that all over-the-counter cold and flu medications are safe for people with high blood pressure. Not true. The active ingredients in decongestants can increase your blood pressure and interfere with medications. Be sure you take cold and flu medications that don’t have decongestants. Lastly, once people start feeling better they think it’s ok to stop taking medications including high blood pressure meds. If you’ve been prescribed medicine for your high blood pressure, follow the directions closely. It is dangerous to decrease dosage or stop taking medication without your doctor’s approval.

While there is no cure for high blood pressure, with proper treatment and management, you can still live a long and healthy life.


Categories: CompassionCare Hospice, Health News, Las Vegas Hospice Service Education, Medical Information
Tags: CCHLV, CompassionCare Hospice, CompassionCare Hospice Education, Las Vegas, Nevada, Southern Nevada


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