Presented by Scott Morrison, CSA and President of BrightStar of Duluth, GA
We all know what can happen if the water pressure to our house is too high. It can lead to damaged or busted pipes. It can also cause leaky or busted appliances – dishwasher, washing machine, refrigerator – due to the increased pressure. As soon as you realize you have high water pressure in your home, you work to get it down to a normal range as soon as possible. Why would your blood pressure be treated any differently?
Hypertension, also referred to as high blood pressure, is a condition where there is elevated blood pressure in the body’s arteries. Blood pressure is simply the amount of pressure the blood is exerting against the arteries. Hypertension can lead to serious health problems like:
- Damaged organs
- Stroke (death of brain cells due to lack of oxygen)
- Aneurysm (swelling of an artery or heart chamber)
- Heart attack (death of heart cells due to lack of oxygen)
- Kidney failure
The exact cause of high blood pressure is unknown, but there are many factors that can contribute to this common health issue such as:
- Obesity or being overweight
- Sedentary lifestyle; lack of regular exercise
- High levels of salt intake
- Family history of high blood pressure
33% of Americans have no symptoms of high blood pressure, so they do not realize the damage that is occurring with every heartbeat. With an average of 100,000 heartbeats a day, your arteries get consistent high pressure 24/7 for 365 days a year.
Just as there are many factors that cause hypertension, there are many treatments available as well. Only your doctor can advise you on what treatment options will work best for you. Once you and your doctor have your hypertension under control it is critical to get regular 6 month checkups to prevent relapse.