Hypertension – Living with It, Dealing with It

Hypertension or High Blood Pressure, as it is more commonly known, is one of the silent killers that plagues the general population. It owes its lethal efficiency to the fact that it goes on undetected for months, and even for years, up until a point where significant damage has already been done. Such as it was in my case, where I neglected and took it for granted, in spite of being aware of its past devastation on our family’s medical history. But that’s all in the past, and as I have always told myself, regret is one of the most futile and unproductive of all human emotions. So there’s really nosense in trying to undo what’s already been done.

What about you? Are you also suffering from Hypertension? You know you might be, and worse, you’re not even aware of it. This is a common enough scenario, especially for the population’s poorer class who’s financial capability to seek medical attention is virtually non-existent. Nobody could really blame these people the tendency to take for granted the sensibility of early detection through screening. But if you’ll ask me, however, this should not be an excuse.

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Why is high blood pressure dangerous?

The higher the blood pressure, the harder the heart has to work to keep on pumping against increasing resistance. If, in the course of time, the heart muscles tires, it could eventually lead to heart failure. Because of the enormous burden it puts on the arteries, high blood pressure adds to their wear and tear, especially in the target organs, the brain, coronary and kidney vessels. Stroke and Myocardial Infarction (heart attack) are frequent and dangerous consequences of untreated hypertension.

Recognizing high blood pressure

High blood pressure is a Silent Killer simply because it doesn’t show typical symptoms that might serve as early warning signals. In fact, in certain cases, many people feel well and energetic despite their high blood pressure. There is only one way of finding out whether or not you have hypertension and that is to have your blood pressure checked. Measurements must be repeated at least once a year. If an elevated pressure is detected in time, early treatment can help prevent the possible fatal consequences.

Prevention of complications from high blood pressure

Bringing the pressure down relieves the strain on the heart and arteries; this lessen and often eliminates the dangerous consequences of elevated pressure. With proper treatment, high blood pressure can be normalized, or at least brought down to a tolerable level. The treatment does not call for any heroic measures; regular checking of the blood pressure, a few generally painless changes in one’s eating and living habits, and taking the prescribed medication everyday. If detected and treated in time, hypertension should not stop you in leading a normal and productive life. All that is required is determination and close doctor-patient cooperation.

Protect yourself against high blood pressure

A genetic predisposition is a frequent cause of hypertension. It “runs in the family”. Caution is advised if you have a family history of high blood pressure. Your way of living could have an important bearing on whether or when you will develop hypertension. If you are overweight, has a high sodium intake on your diet, under psychological stress, agitated and hyperactive, you’re more likely a candidate, or can exacerbate an existing tendency. Losing weight, cutting down on salt in the diet, and avoiding stress are useful precaution to help you keep your pressure down.

Protect your health why you still can and when you still can. As always, being well-informed is being well-prepared.

Post Author: jtsantos

a blogger and a freelance graphics artist undergoing dialysis treatment since 2003. An enthusiastic person by nature, loves blogging, cooking, research, tinkering around, and gunpla scale modelling

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  • ethel monica

    (September 19, 2011 - 8:16 pm)

    hi juls,
    thanks for posting… you’ve done a great job..
    I had hypertension when I was 25. My baby was born premature because I also had pre-eclampsia.. after that i thought everything would eventually be back to normal and i was wrong.. really really wrong….
    recently i rushed to the hospital. My hemoglobin count was down to 43 and my platelet was 25 and my creatinine rocketed up to 1,800…
    now both of my kidney is in bad condition.. i am hoping this would be reversible..
    i am undergoing hemodialysis twice a week for 1 month now…
    i hope you can give me some advices..
    thanks..

  • Raquel

    (May 10, 2011 - 9:40 pm)

    I knew someone who has a high blood pressure. I think it is hard to maintain it if one encountered stress. I also know that drinking pineapple juice is also healthy for people with high blood pressure.

  • Amiel Sac

    (April 22, 2011 - 11:35 pm)

    Thanks for sharing this one! Surely, this will be able to help many and open their eyes to what they should be seeing when it comes to hypertension.

    And I have to say, the fact that you have hypertension yourself makes me admire you. Posting this really a demonstration of your strength as a person!

    Amiel

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    (October 22, 2009 - 8:11 pm)

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    (October 22, 2009 - 1:49 pm)

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  • Tyrone | Millionaire Acts

    (August 9, 2009 - 2:34 pm)

    High Blood Pressure is really dangerous! Before, when I went to our annual check up in our company, I was shocked to find out I have a mild case of hypertension. The device (sphygmomanometer – am I right?) registered 130/90 reading. The doctor said that it should be a warning for me because it was unusual for a slim person like me at the age of 25 having that blood pressure reading. I feel this throbbing beat at the back of my neck sometime.

    Later on, I found out the culprit. Before, when I used to work out in the gym, I was drinking creatine monohydrate supplements. And even that time, even though I was no longer working out, I kep on drinking it. That was the culprit. It was the one causing the throbbing beat at the back of my neck. When I stopped it, my blood pressure went back to normal.

    Stress and lifestyle should be maintained in order to prevent this.

  • elmot

    (August 4, 2009 - 11:30 am)

    Hi Juls! How are you doing? This is one nice post here. My officemate actually suffers from this one, and she was in the ICU for a couple of days because of the complications that her hypertension brought her.

    For me, I am really taking extra careful with my lifestyle; taking time out really to have my regular dose of exercise.

    • julius santos

      (August 4, 2009 - 5:06 pm)

      Thanks for visiting my blog, Elmot bro! I really appreciate it.
      Really? I hope your officemate is already doing okay now. Well, I guess it only shows how devastating hypertension can be. It’s wise of you to take preventive measures against it and I know it would bear fruit through you being healthy at all times.

      Keep it up bro! Thanks again!

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    (August 1, 2009 - 2:40 pm)
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    (July 21, 2009 - 6:35 pm)

    Excellent post!

  • Zorlone

    (July 18, 2009 - 11:46 pm)

    Hey Julius,

    Excellent post! Now, your readers would know first hand about your experience with hypertension and why they should take care not to let this disease get worse. There are so many complications like what you have listed above.

    Z

    • julius santos

      (July 19, 2009 - 9:53 am)

      Thanks Doc Z! Yes, and I’m glad to share my experience to others so that they won’t be able to make the same mistake I made. I’ll try to make more informative posts like this in the future in order to spread more awareness to the reading public.

      Thanks again for dropping by!

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