High Blood Pressure - What You Don't Know Could Hurt You

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Blood Pressure Information

 Many of us live with a "ticking time bomb" called hypertension. We go through our day giving little thought to things like our heart, as it goes about its job of keeping us alive. But if your blood pressure is too high, it can damage vital organs and the very arteries that carry blood throughout your system.

Usually, hypertension will not make itself known until it is too late.That is why we need to take some time for preventative maintenance.The American Heart Association website has a special section devoted to helping you understand your blood pressure.

You can go to http://www.americanheart.org/ and click on “diseases and conditions”. Then go to “high blood pressure” and you will see a list of options. Click on “understanding your risk for developing high blood pressure”.

It will tell you how to asses your risks, and what to do to improve your health. You can print out a report of your risk estimates if you like.

Blood pressure tools

From “high blood pressure” go to “tools” and you will see an array of things to help you get a better understanding of this vital subject.

Some of the tools are blood pressure quizzes and videos. One video shows you exactly how to monitor your own blood pressure and gives you all of the details. There is a section that will give you questions to ask your doctor and there is a heart health toolbox. In the toolbox are newsletters you can sign up for. There are downloads, quizzes, message boards, and a variety of information links available.

About high blood pressure

Click on “about high blood pressure” and you can learn what the numbers mean. You can find out what happens to a person’s body during high blood pressure. It will tell you when it is an Emergency Room condition. It also explains what pulmonary hypertension is and the difference between heart rate and blood pressure.


Simple and Easy

This is a simple and easy to find information, so you can have a long and healthy life. Please take a few minutes to get a better understanding of this important issue, for your sake and your family's.

A blood pressure monitor is not that expensive. Here are links to some for your convenience.


Omron HEM-712C Automatic Blood Pressure Monitor with IntelliSense

Omron IntelliSense Automatic Inflation Digital Blood Pressure Monitor, Regular Cuff

Unknown

According to the AHA, most hypertension causes are unknown.
According to the AHA, most hypertension causes are unknown.

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KT Banks 4 years ago from Texas

I am trying different things to help lower mine, besides taking the dreaded medication I have to take. My blood pressure always shoots up while I'm at the doctor's office, because I'm always freaked out that I have to be there and I know they will take my blood pressure and then the nurse usually over reacts at how high it is.

It's a vicious cycle for people with anxiety problems combined with a medical phobia. Some label it as white coat phobia, but mine has a bit more to it than that. Childhood traumas can rear their ugly heads at the most awkward times.


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CriticalMessage 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

Beware of what they call 'The White Coat Syndrome' KT... Because for 10yrs they kept telling me that the only reason my blood pressure was up? Was because everybody's blood pressure rises at the doctors office.

Ignoring the fact that my blood pressure taken at the doctors office was the same high blood pressure that was running through me 24/7/365 for over 10yrs.

Simple blown off because a nurse and doctor just assumed it was an isolated condition brought upon me by their environment.

So 10yrs of little recognition of what were fatal readings of 150/100 that were running consistently for 10yrs. It is no wonder that I have landed up with a condition called an Aortic Root Dilation.

The real cause for my blood pressure was unchecked, undiagnosed sleep apnea with a measure 35 stops of breathing averaging 15 seconds in length.

My blood supply depleted of oxygen which caused a severe case of high blood pressure.

So to keep it in check now?, I have a CPAP Machine, 40mg of lisiniprol, 5mg of amlodopine, low sodium conscious diet, more high potassium items like bananas, dried apricots, beans, and potatoes combined with a refreshing level of vigorous exercise daily.

Within 2 weeks of the above routine my blood pressure is now stable at 135/75.

In my sleep my heart rate now settles in at 47 beats per minute. It is amazing as to what a clean, full night of uninterrupted sleep will do for a better outlook on life.

I wake up more alive now than I had in over 12yrs.

So please do not get trapped by the easy to explain away 'White Coat Syndrome'.

It almost cost me dearly, and certainly did nothing positive in providing for my longer life expectancy.


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KT Banks 4 years ago from Texas

Thanks, cm. I know mine is more than that because sometimes I take it at my Moms house. My sister was using a CPAP machine, but she couldn't stand it. Now she uses a device made by her dentist and it is actually working better for her. I'm glad you're able to sleep with yours.

I had a feeling that breathing was a part of my problem, so now I'm trying something else. I know it sounds nuts, but in an effort to get myself to breathe better, I'm singing (loudly) along with some of my favorite songs for about an hour a day, along with dancing and exercise. Not sure if it really helps yet, but it does make me happier, lol. It beats sitting at the computer for hours at a time.


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CriticalMessage 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

The benefits derived by the CPAP Machine overwhelmed any inconvenience that is perceived.

It is not uncomfortable when you are knocked out cold stone asleep. And I am asleep within seconds of laying down.

My issue was not anxiety as just another convenient excuse for my high blood pressure condition.

It was sleep. & the lack of it.

Laying down for 8hrs does not mean one is actually sleeping for 8hrs.

In my case I was lucky if I had even got 2hrs of sleep per my sleep study results.

So Please be careful KT.

Do not just blow it off as much of the medical field inappropriately does.


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CriticalMessage 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

By the way...

Deserved Thanks going out to gf899 for presenting such an article, on such a topic, that truly is important for all of us... Thank you very much!


Kalie 23 months ago

Absolutely first rate and cop-orpbettomed, gentlemen!

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