pressure is pressure in the arteries as the heart pumps blood around the body.
What to look for
There are generally no
symptoms for high blood pressure as the early stages of hypertension may take a few years
A higher than normal
blood pressure. Normal for young and middle aged adults is a pressure of 120/80. A
pressure of 140/90 is definitely something to be concerned about. If the pressure is
160/95 it requires treatment.
Blackouts, a minor stroke
are indications that your blood pressure is too high and can be fatal if it is not
shortness of breath
dizziness and nose bleeds
Your doctor will give
you a thorough examination to check if your blood pressure is the result of another
disease such as Cushings disease or kidney problems however, usually there is no
immediate cause for the high blood pressure.
It is advisable that if
over weight, the patient try to stay within your recommended weight level. Also try to
avoid salt in your diet and reduce stress levels in your lifestyle. Exercise is also
If you have a stressful
job, some doctors will advise you to give it up and take some time off to rest completely.
These lifestyle changes
quite often bring the blood pressure down considerably.
A doctor will prescribe
medication for you if the above approaches and lifestyle changes still do not bring the
blood pressure down. Some of these drugs will have side effects which can be serious. Your
doctor will know which drugs should be given to you and will explain all the side effects
to you. The doctor will keep a close check on the patient to take the blood pressure and
watch for possible side effects.