Do You Have Hypertension?
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
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
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Uncontrolled hypertension is a veritable time-bomb
just waiting to explode in a series of
complications. This is why it is imperative that you
be screened for hypertension regularly, and receive
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
Hypertension treatment also involves significant
lifestyle modifications, including exercising
cessation and eating healthily. It is also
recommended that you reduce your intake of sodium