Measure your BP accurately, Control it and Live Longer- World Hypertension Day
Posted On: May 16, 2022
Posted By: Shalby Team
Category: General Medicine
May 17 is observed as World Hypertension Day and we would like to spread some basic awareness about it.
1 in 4 adults worldwide have high BP
So what is normal BP and what is considered High BP?
Normal: < 120/80 mm of Hg
Elevated: >120-129/ 80 mm of Hg
Stage 1: >130-139/80-89 mm of Hg
Stage 2: > 140/90 mm of Hg
White Coat Hypertension: High BP at the hospital but normal at home
Masked Hypertension: Normal BP at the hospital but high at home.
What are the causes of High BP?
- Genetic Factors and Family history
- Access intake of salt
- Smoking tobacco, excessive alcohol consumption
- Sleep Apnea
- Thyroid and another hormone disease/ Adrenal disease
- Kidney disease
- Steroids and other drugs including (NSAIDs)
- Hypertension in Pregnancy
How patient will know that BP is high?
- Mild to moderate BP is mostly asymptomatic
- Most of the patients are diagnosed during routine doctor’s visits or health check-ups
1. Sudden high BP may cause
- Vision problem
- Nausea, vomiting
- Chest discomfort
2. Sever high BP may cause:
- Brain hemorrhage/ stroke
- Heart failure
- Breathing difficulty
- Retina (Eye) hemorrhage
What are the complications of High BP?
If BP is not treated properly, a long time BP can cause:
- Kidney damage
- Eyes retina damage
- Brain vessels narrowing/ clots/ bleeding- Brain stroke
- Heart vessels narrowing – Heart attack
High BP is a silent killer, every person should get their blood pressure checked, and if it’s high they should go for proper treatment as per the doctor’s advice.
Regular health check-ups and visits to your physician will prevent life-threatening complications of High Blood pressure.
How to monitor your Blood Pressure at Home?
- Check BP when you are relaxed, and at rest comfortably
- 5 to 10 minutes after sitting or in a supine (laying down) position.
- Don’t check immediately after exercise or after taking tea, coffee, smoking, or taking alcohol.
- Use a good BP measuring machine.
- The cuff should cover your arm properly, it should not be too tight or too loose
- BP machine should be placed at your heart level
- Check both arms every time, and keep a record to show your doctor at your next visit
Care you should take when high BP is diagnosed
- Take regular medicines as per the doctor’s advice
- DO NOT MISS YOUR MEDICINE
- Low salt diet: Avoid extra salt added to food
- Avoid pickles, sauces, and food with preservatives, fried food, ready-to-make packets, chatni etc.
- Consume low-fat diet
- Keep control of your diabetes and cholesterol level
- Do the regular exercise as per the doctor’s advice
- Focus on your mental health and reduce stress, regular diet, and take proper sleep
- Avoid tobacco smoking and consuming alcohol
- Get your regular health check-up done to avoid complications
Always remember “Prevention is better than cure”
Proper BP control will prevent you from life-threatening complications and help you avoid damaging your heart, kidney, and brain.
Stay Healthy, Stay Safe.
Dr. Falguni Iyer
MD Medicine, AFIH
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