›› High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure (Another word for Arterial hypertension). It is especially dangerous because it often has no warning signs or symptoms. Anyone can develop high blood pressure. A normal blood pressure is less that 120/80 mmHg. When blood pressure stays high, greater than 140/90 mmHg, then it is considered high blood pressure. High blood pressure increases the risk for heart disease and stroke. Once developed, it normally lasts a lifetime.

You can prevent and control high blood pressure by taking action.

It is estimated that one in every four American adults has high blood pressure.

Symptoms & Causes

Hypertension is usually found by accident. It normally produces no symptoms.

Stress is a cause for high blood pressure.

It is often confused with mental tension, stress and anxiety. While chronic anxiety is associated with poor outcomes in people with high blood pressure, it alone does not cause it.

Treatments

Doctors recommend weight loss and regular exercise, as well as quitting smoking. These steps are highly effective in reducing blood pressure. However these are easier said than done and most patients end up requiring drug therapy to bring their blood pressure down to a safe level.

High Blood Pressure (from the American Heart Association)