Why high blood pressure is dangerous and what it can do

Each week, reply to Edwin de Vaal (46), a general practitioner in Nijmegen, a faq or a striking question from his practice. This week: Why is high blood pressure dangerous and what can you do about it?

The Pale: “If I have the blood pressure of a patient to measure, then I’ll do that with a blood pressure monitor. That gives two numbers back. The first number indicates the systolic pressure, the pressure that arises when the heart up to contracts to push blood through your body pumping.”

“If your heart then relaxes, drops the blood pressure until the heart again contracts. That lower pressure is the diastolic: the second number on the meter. On average, your blood pressure around 120/60, but this may, for example, rise in the sport or if you’re tense.”

No complaints, however, health

“These days, to look general practitioners, especially, to the systolic pressure. We have the sweetest among the 140. At a pressure above that we speak of a high blood pressure. If this long continues, is that not good for your blood vessels. They spend more, which attack arises. The most insidious is that high blood pressure actually has no symptoms, but a health risk.”

“Who for too long walking around with high blood pressure, has proven to be more likely to have heart disease. That chance is even greater if you also smoke. The most known consequences, such as a heart or stroke.”

How do you prevent high blood pressure?

  • High blood pressure usually shows no symptoms
  • The blood pressure is usually measured when you for something else the doctor is going to
  • Make sure after your fiftieth time you measure your blood pressure
  • Care in high blood pressure for a healthy weight, a healthy diet and sufficient exercise
  • Do you smoke now? An additional good reason to stop
  • Try to avoid stress
  • Please note the salt content of meals, do not add salt and consume licorice and licorice root(tea) in moderation
  • Does the above not, than watching the gp for possible medication

Drop and zoethoutthee give you higher blood pressure

“Also, kidney damage, aneurysms, heart failure, angina pectoris, claudication, or TIA’s may be the consequence. It is therefore of great importance to have your blood pressure regulated in the holes to keep the family doctor or nurse, especially if you fifty have passed.”

“If the blood pressure a few times is too high, I recommend a patient always to first look to his or her way of life. Try to eat healthy , lose weight and enough to move. Also I ask someone to drop eat or zoethoutthee drink , because there is a speck of dust in what is immediately a higher blood pressure. Low salt food doesn’t really, but do prefer not to add salt to your food.”

“Especially if you are over fifty, is a measure of your blood pressure is of great importance”
Edwin de Vaal, general practitioner

“Only if all that doesn’t work, you get drugs prescribed. What that is for each and every patient is different. In the one work diuretics better and another gets medications because of his deteriorating renal function, or faster heart rate. A doctor always looks what suits you and also to any other medications that you use.”

Take the initiative themselves

“Often someone comes there by chance that the blood pressure is too high as he or they for something else to the doctor. If at such a moment shows that your blood pressure is too high, the pressure a few weeks later, we again measured. Maybe you happen to be just at the time of the measurement, upset, startled, or stressed.”

“My advice to people over fifty is to themselves to take the initiative. Make an appointment with the nurse for blood pressure a time to measure, so that you would not be any surprises.”

High blood pressure increases the risk of heart disease, such as:

  • Heart or stroke
  • Permanent kidney damage
  • Aneurysm: a weak spot (usually) in the large aorta that can burst
  • Heart failure: your heart can the blood no longer circulating
  • Angina: exertion gets the heart muscle to a lack of oxygen due to narrowed coronary arteries
  • Claudication: narrowed arteries in your legs so you don’t have far to walk
  • TIA: a temporary closure of an artery leading to your brain

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