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Hypertension: Know the Risks and Symptoms

What is hypertensionOne of the most common health issues in the United States is high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. According to the CDC, a staggering 70 million Americans have high blood pressure. It is normal for blood pressure to rise and fall throughout the day, but if it stays high, you are at a much greater risk for many serious health issues. Here is a basic guide regarding hypertension. If you believe you have high blood pressure, it is important that you discuss options to lower your blood pressure with your doctor.

What Are the Risks of Hypertension?

If you have high blood pressure that is not controlled, you are at an increased risk for multiple major health problems. You can experience:

  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure
  • Kidney disease
  • Eye issues
  • Aneurysm
  • Metabolic syndrome

What Are the Symptoms of High Blood Pressure?

Unfortunately, most times there are no symptoms of high blood pressure. Some people may feel nervous, have unexplained sweating, or have difficulty sleeping. But often, high blood pressure will go unnoticed. During a hypertensive crisis (systolic number higher than 180 or a diastolic number higher than 110) patients may experience a very severe headache. If you have a very bad headache that will not go away, it is important to test your blood pressure right away. If you are having a hypertensive crisis, you need immediate medical attention.

How to Lower Your Risk of High Blood Pressure

In certain instances mild hypertension may be diet and lifestyle related but predominantly they are multifactorial if blood pressure remains persistently elevated. Changing your eating habits, routine exercise, and avoiding alcohol can all have a positive impact on your blood pressure. Many people need medications to lower blood pressure to safe levels.

If you believe you may have hypertension, it is important that you take steps right away to lower your risk for heart-related issues. Contact Brookhaven Heart today for more information at 631-654-3278. We are happy to assist you.