I am writing this on my daughters site and wanted to warn people of this risk. Recently I have had a wake up call to the sleeping dangers of high blood pressure. Therefore, I decided to share this with you in the hope that someone reading this will become aware of this danger, and have it checked. High blood pressure can kill. I had a problem with my balance and knew it was not from an inner ear problem, which can cause balance problems.
I decided to check that my eyes were not causing this and contacted my optician. After the examination, he said my eyes had not changed, although he detected that my blood pressure was high. He advised me to have it checked.
I stopped at the local Pharmacy and to my surprise; the girl said mine was 185/80, which is high. She kindly made an appointment for me, with my doctor, as she said her husband had just had a stroke and that his was only 141/? I am not sure of the bottom one. The nurse that checks my blood pressure each week said that I am lucky I get symptoms of it changing; many people die because they do not have any warning signs.
The doctor put me on 80 mg of medication. I took this each night to avoid any dizzy effects. I now have it checked each week at the pharmacy and it keeps going up and down. After episodes of feeling weird, one day I felt so terrible my husband took me to the hospital. They were very thorough. My blood pressure was now 197/97 and dropped to 192/90 half an hour later. They also gave me a CT scan to check for tumors. Good result, no tumors luckily, although they did find that at some stage I had had a mini stroke. My Mum died from a stroke, so this was a concern to me.
I am now on a stronger dose of medication to try to regulate it. My point is that High Blood Pressure is dangerous; it can cause a stroke, heart attack and Kidney failure.
If you are worried then I suggest you buy a monitor of your own especially if you live out of town and no immediate access to medical help. The one in the picture above slips onto your arm although if on your own I believe it would be hard to read.
These would ensure that you can monitor your own without having to go to the doctor or local pharmacy, and they are not too expensive either.
What is Hypertension?
This is the pressure from your blood going through your arteries and pumped through the body by your heart.
Did you know that you can't diagnose your pressure from one reading? Most people when checking their blood pressure will find it fluctuates throughout the day. Standing can often give you a different reading to one taken in a sitting position. This will depend on many things, like your age, the type of work you do, how much exercise you do. Your medication can affect your blood pressure results too.
What do the numbers mean?
A normal blood pressure is 120/80. The first number is the pressure on the artery walls as the heart pumps the blood. The second number shows the pressure as your heart fills with blood. If the top one is 160 or more, or the bottom number is 100 or more, seek medical advice as this could mean you have stage two high blood pressure.
Symptoms of high Blood Pressure
If you suffer from shortness of breath, nosebleed, anxiety or headaches, seek medical advice.
Other symptoms to look for: slurred speech, blurred vision, or mouth drops on one side. If you have these symptoms, get a friend to take you straight to the hospital or call an ambulance. Do not hesitate; prompt action could save your life.
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The Importance of Exercise
Exercise daily if possible. Try to swim, walk or ride a bicycle for 30 minutes every second day. If you are unable to go outside the home you can also use a small fold-up exerciser which can fit under your desk while you work on the computer or any other activity. Consult with your doctor before doing anything strenuous, especially when not fit.
Foods to avoid
- Full cream milk products – Use low-fat or light milk
- Alcohol – Reduce to one drink per day, better still avoid altogether.
- Salt – Reduce salt intake and avoid adding salt to the plate.
Eat Healthy Foods
It is important to eat healthy fresh fruit and vegetables every day no matter how healthy you are. Fruits and vegetables high in potassium, calcium and magnesium help to control high blood pressure.
Note: If on medication, check with your doctor before eating anything high in potassium, like Bananas.
Fresh fruit: Eat Oranges, Lemons, Limes, Avocado, Watermelon, Grapefruit, and Rock melon.
Green Vegetables: Eat plenty of greens, spinach, Kale, Broccoli, Beans and Peas. Why not learn how to grow your own fresh vegetables at home, then you can pick them as needed.
Conclusion: Like the old saying, prevention is better than finding a cure. Have your blood pressure checked each time you visit the doctor.
Visit your local Chemist or Pharmacy and have it checked at least once a month. Age makes no difference. I knew a nine-year-old girl who had a stroke.
Note: If you suffer from very high hypertension then think about buying your own monitor. Although if it is high then make sure the monitor you buy will be higher than 150, otherwise it will not be beneficial to you.
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