High blood pressure, or hypertension, is one of those diseases, if left untreated, can kill you. It is the result of your blood trying to flow through arteries and blood vessels that have been constricted. To relieve the pressure, the blood vessels sometimes rupture.
When they do, this can cause pain or even death. That's why it's so vitally important that you look for ways of reducing your blood pressure. You can live a healthy and satisfying life, even with this disease, if you are willing to do those things that will help you control it.
There are many causes of high blood pressure. Knowing these factors can help you reduce your risk or even avoid getting this deadly disease.
These factors include: genetic predisposition, weight, age, other medications you may be taking, and your sex. Below I'll briefly explain how each of these factors can affect you.
Genetic predisposition is one of those things you can't control. If you have family members who have had this disease, then of course you are more likely to get it than if you didn't.
That doesn't mean you will get it; what it does mean is that you have a higher likelihood of getting it. Just be aware of this factor, but again, remember it doesn't mean you will get it.
Weight is one of those factors you can control. By staying at a healthy weight, you are less likely to get high blood pressure than if you don't. This also means eating healthy, as well as exercising and reducing your stress.
Although not mentioned here per se as a factor, stress can kill. If you have any of the factors listed here, adding stress to it will compound your problems and make your likelihood, as well as your propensity to this disease.
Age, as well as gender, is a factor we can't control. Men are more likely to suffer from high blood pressure than women are. Older people are more likely to suffer than younger people.
However, much of this can be negated simply by living a healthier lifestyle and eating a better diet. Not only will this improve your blood pressure, but it will also improve your overall health and give you more energy. Although it's not a cure for this deadly disease, it's still worth considering if you want to feel better.
The last factor is medications. Now, if you have asthma, you may not be able to stop taking your medication. If you have a cold though, you will want to carefully consider whatever you take so you don't cause a reaction. Your doctor, as well as your pharmacist, can make sure you don't take anything that conflicts.
That's one reason why it's so important you use the same pharmacy for all your medications. This will help you avoid any conflicts. If your pharmacist knows about everything you're taking, he/she can check all your medications to help you avoid problems.
Now that you understand what the problems are, and what you have control of, you can start with those factors and adjust your life accordingly. Discuss possible treatments with your doctor and ask him/her for the best advice on this issue. This doesn't mean you shouldn't educate yourself.
If you weren't trying to educate yourself, you wouldn't be reading this article. Here's what you need to understand: if you aren't willing to take control of your disease and make changes in your life, you will continue to suffer.
Another way to educate yourself, as well as find a solution to your treatment here is to consider alternative medicine. If you prefer a more natural approach to your health, instead of medications, you may want to consider it.
Reducing your blood pressure is not a simple process. However, if you work diligently with your doctor, you can feel better quickly and reduce your risk of illness and death from this deadly disease.
High blood pressure doesn't have to be a death sentence. Get treatment, and get it immediately, and you'll avoid many of the associated problems.
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