Do You Have Hypertension?   

Do You Have Hypertension?

Worldwide, raised blood pressure is estimated to cause 7.5 million deaths, about 12.8% of the total of all deaths. This accounts for 57 million disability adjusted life years (DALYS) or 3.7% of total DALYS. Raised blood pressure is a major risk factor for coronary heart disease and ischemic as well as hemorrhagic stroke. Blood pressure levels have been shown to be positively and continuously related to the risk for stroke and coronary heart disease.

This is an alarming statistic because hypertension is a dangerous condition that allows cardiovascular disease-the nation's biggest killer-to gain a foothold in your body.

A silent killer
Hypertension is dubbed a 'silent killer' because it usually has no symptoms.

Even when there are symptoms-headache, dizziness, lethargy-they are vague and sometimes confused with other, milder ailments. When blood pressure rises, the force exerted against the blood vessel walls damages them. High blood pressure also forces your heart to work harder.
Over time, damaged blood vessels and a weakened heart can lead to a heart attack, stroke or heart failure.

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Treating hypertension
Uncontrolled hypertension is a veritable time-bomb just waiting to explode in a series of cardiovascular
complications. This is why it is imperative that you be screened for hypertension regularly, and receive treatment if you require it. The treatment goal is to reduce and maintain blood pressure readings at less than 140/90mmHg. Inpatients with coexisting chronic conditions like diabetes or chronic kidney disease, this target may be even lower.

A number of drugs are available to treat hypertension, but you and your doctor must work together to find the right course of treatment for your health status.

Among the medications available is perindopril, an ACE inhibitor which relaxes the blood vessels, allowing for smoother blood flow. Thanks to its cardiovascular protective properties, perindopril is suitable for patients at risk for heart problems. Perindopril may be prescribed together with amlodipine, a calcium channel blocker that also relaxes the blood vessels. Amlodipine is well-tolerated in elderly, otherwise healthy patients.

Hypertension treatment also involves significant lifestyle modifications, including exercising regularly, smoking
cessation and eating healthily. It is also recommended that you reduce your intake of sodium and alcohol. 

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