- August 20, 2018
- Posted by: Dr. Nnamdi Elenwoke
- Category: Diseases and Conditions
Meaning of High Blood Pressure?
High blood pressure can also be referred to as hypertension. It occurs when there is an increase in the force and remains higher than the normal level over a period of time. High blood pressure results to damaging of body organs such as can the blood vessels, the heart, and the brain and among other organs. According to statistics, approximately 1 out of 3 Americans have high blood pressure.
Generally, hypertension is as a health problem for men, but this seems to be a fairytale. Men and women in the forties, fifties and sixties have a similar level of risk of developing high blood pressure. But soon after the beginning of menopause, women are at a higher risk of developing high blood pressure than men. Before 45 years of age, men have a higher chance of developing high blood pressure. But some health problems in women may change those chances.
Increase in blood pressure can be recorded without any visible symptoms. You may have high blood pressure and no obvious symptoms until you have a stroke or heart attack.
If blood pressure is not diagnosed, it can be very difficult to know that an individual’s blood pressure is increasing. Severe health issues can occur if blood pressure is not controlled. Stroke and kidney failure occur as a result of high blood pressure. Vascular damage resulting from chronic high blood pressure can also contribute to heart attacks. For pregnant women, high blood pressure can be particularly dangerous for both the mother and the fetus.
The childbearing years
Some women taking birth control pills may notice a slight increase in blood pressure. But this usually occurs in some and not all women. Examples of such women are those who are already suffering from high blood pressure. Or who are overweight and have a family history of hypertension. If you are pregnant, you can have an increase in your blood pressure. Regular check-ups and follow-ups are highly recommended. If you find yourself in this category.
Women who have never had high blood pressure can suffer from hypertension. Which is as a result of pregnancy, associated with a more serious condition called preeclampsia.
Knowing more about preeclampsia
Preeclampsia is a disease affecting about 5 to 8% of pregnant women. In women who affected with preeclampsia, this condition usually develops after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Symptoms of preeclampsia may include high blood pressure, bladder problems, sometimes sudden weight gain and swelling.
Preeclampsia is a serious illness. It contributes to about 13 percent of all the deaths of mothers around the world. But this is usually an easy-to-manage complication. This usually disappears within two months of the birth of the child. The following groups of women are most at risk for preeclampsia:
• Women in the forties
• women who have had many pregnancies
• obese women
Managing Risk Factors
Professional tips for preventing high blood pressure are the same for women and men:
• Exercise 30 to 45 minutes a day, five days a week.
• Eat a diet that is low in calories and a little saturated fat.
• Close consultation with your physician.
Discuss with your doctor about the risk of high blood pressure. Your doctor can tell you the best ways to maintain normal blood pressure in the normal range and your heart healthy.