Hypertension and heart disease are linked. This article explores this relationship. It is important to understand the synergy between the two. Furthermore, it is important to understand that discussing a serious health condition here, it really can be a matter of life and death.
Blood pressure is sometimes referred to as hypertension. In fact, the two terms are often used interchangeably and will be in this article. Sometimes it is easier for a doctor to pinpoint the exact cause of hypertension patients, but very often, the cause or causes are not obvious. For this reason, most of the time, high blood pressure refers to essential hypertension or primary or hypertension, which means that the cause is not easy to detect. However, there are several risk factors that can contribute to potential for developing this disease people.
Another category is secondary hypertension, which is highlighted in approximately 10 percent of people suffering from hypertension. This is where the problem is easily identified and is related to a specific medical problem such as hormonal disorders, kidney disease or a variety of other diseases. It can even be the result of taking certain medications. Once the problem is diagnosed and steps are taken to correct the often normalizes hypertension patients.
Blood pressure is often described as silent and refers to the fact that there are often no obvious symptoms of an underlying problem. Unfortunately, hypertension is a very serious health concern that can double or even triple, sometimes a person's chance of developing heart disease, kidney disease or a stroke. There is only one way to be aware of what is blood pressure and that is to have regular inspections performed by your doctor. Some patients will be encouraged to come into the office doctors more often than others to have this monitoring.
There are several risk factors that can increase your chance of falling victim to hypertension. These risk factors include age, ethnicity, family history, obesity, diabetes, stress, excessive alcohol consumption and smoking. Blood pressure tends to be lower when they are young and grow as they age. For example, about half of all men and women aged over 65 suffer from hypertension. Some ethnic groups appear to be more likely to develop hypertension than others. Those most at risk are indigenous peoples (and Inuit), South Asians, black Canadians and First Nations. High blood pressure tends to run in families. For example, if one parent has the problem, you have a one in five chance of developing it. If both parents do, then the risk increases to one in three.
Excess pounds seem to have a great impact on the development of hypertension. This is not so true for those who are just 10 to 15 pounds overweight, but applies to those who are considered obese anyone. Weight pilots around the abdominal area which seems to be even worse in terms of developing hypertension. Those who suffer from diabetes are more likely to develop high blood pressure than members of the general population who do not suffer from this disease.
Crisis repetitive stress may play a role in the acquisition of hypertension, although stress is not as big a risk factor as are any of the others. Of course, constant stress is thought to encourage unhealthy living habits. Drinking puts a lot more pressure on the heart, thereby increasing blood pressure. Finally smoking places a lot of strain on the heart muscle and affects blood flow and thus tends to be a factor in the onset of hypertension.
It is hoped that the reader has a better understanding of the relationship between hypertension and heart disease and high risk factors involved. As mentioned earlier, it really could be a matter of life and death for you.
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