Why wait for any high blood pressure symptoms ?
High Blood Pressure - The Silent Killer
This "silent killer" description stems from the fact that high blood pressure symptoms are often not visible at first.
Only when high blood pressure reaches a very advanced stage will the symptoms appear.
You could just carry on living your life to the full and blissfully unaware of the numbers creeping up.
Advanced Stage - Mild Symptoms
Many people never know that they are suffering from high blood pressure. When high blood pressure symptoms finally emerge, usually after several years, the condition has already worsened, and has led to other complications. Even so, the symptoms are generally mild.
Therefore, visiting the doctor when symptoms finally arise may be inadequate. Most people who visit a doctor with this condition find out that they should have come for advice much earlier.
You can think of hypertension as a runaway train coming down a hill. Near the top of the hill, the slope is gentle, so the train coasts along gently - but on reaching the bottom of the hill, it really speeds along.
What can you do to make life easier for yourself and your doctor? Lead a healthy life and have regular checkups !
The silence of this condition is what makes it potentially scary, because - when not detected in its early stages - it can lead to a plethora of other health complications.
Examples of these complications are heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure and vision impairment.
On the other hand, detecting high blood pressure early on is advantageous to your health. It allows you the opportunity to learn how to manage it - before its full blown effects arise.
Most of the cases which are diagnosed at clinics tend to be persons who have severely high blood pressure. It is therefore advisable that you screen periodically for blood pressure.
Then you can avoid being caught unawares ... by the "runaway train"!
High blood pressure symptoms are not very obvious, and they vary between individuals. What is a symptom to one person may not be for another.
Symptoms Of High Blood Pressure
Some of the symptoms of very high blood pressure are: dizziness, drowsiness, severe headaches, blood in urine, vision impairment, fatigue, hardships in breathing, confusion, tinnitus (ringing in ears), hand and body tremors, pains in the chest, walking difficulties, abdominal pain, poor appetite, facial edema, irregular heartbeat, nausea and vomiting. That's quite a list ... !
Some additional symptoms are: convulsion, anxiety, increased sweating, nose bleeding, general feeling of unwellness, increased urination frequency, flushed face, pale or red skin.
Here is a complication: Many other health problems could also lead to the above symptoms. The symptoms of high blood pressure could also be symptoms of another underlying disease.
For example, tiredness or lethargy could be a symptom of a damaged heart, whose original cause is high blood pressure. This leads to breathlessness and excessive sweating. Appearance of blood in urine is also a sign of damage to the kidney. This kidney damage could cause electrolyte loss, which in turn leads to a dull skin and dehydration.
Headaches And High Blood Pressure
Let's also review what problems might arise in the head region ...High blood pressure causes lesions in the ocular region of the eye, and also affects the retina - thereby causing damage to the eye. This may lead to a total loss of eyesight.
The brain always needs to be supplied with oxygen and blood sugar; and so do the other organs of the body. Constriction of blood vessels which lead to the brain means a shortage of these vital products reaching the brain.
This could explain the occurrence of headaches, fatigue and dizziness in patients with chronic high blood pressure.
Healthy Guidelines - Healthy Lifestyle
Whether you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure or not, there are some basic guidelines to adopt in order to lead a healthy lifestyle.
Follow some of these guidelines, and you may avoid the risk of running into this life-threatening condition. It is always advisable to change to a healthy lifestyle.
More than 90% of the time blood pressure is related to our lifestyle - here we exclude secondary and pregnancy-induced high blood pressure cases.
Making changes in your lifestyle will take some time. Once the changes are made, it might even take a few months for the effects to be fully felt. An example would be my personal experience when changing to a vegetarian diet: it took months for the effects to be felt. However, energetic exercise may bring results quicker. In all these changes, it is best to make choices with which you are comfortable. Choose to eat foods which are both healthy and delicious; choose to pursue your own favorite sports and exercise program.
Making changes early in life, or bringing up children with a healthy lifestyle will help high blood pressure prevention.
To sum it up: Do not wait for high blood pressure symptoms to show up.