Is arthritis raising your blood pressure
Arthritis refers to joint pain or joint disease, and is the leading cause of disability in the U.S., affecting people of all ages, sexes, and races.
The most common symptoms include swelling, pain, and stiffness in the joints and a decreased range of motion. Unfortunately, having osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other related inflammatory conditions such as lupus, also increases your risk for developing heart disease and raising your blood pressure which can have adverse effects on your overall health.
What is the connection? Any kind of inflammation increases the risk for heart disease. Inflammation causes damage to the blood vessels and a build-up of plaque deposits. This results in a narrowing of the vessel which can lead to high blood pressure.
Pain from arthritis can cause the body to produce chemicals which can elevate your blood pressure. Some of the drugs used to treat arthritis, such as NSAIDS, can cause salt and water retention by the kidneys which, in turn, results in high blood pressure.
Pain leads to immobility
The statistics tell the story — according to the CDC, 53% of people with arthritis have high blood pressure and 66% of people with arthritis are overweight. The pain and stiffness that come with arthritis can make it very difficult to get an adequate amount of exercise
This lack of mobility leads to a sedentary lifestyle which causes weight gain. Being overweight raises your blood pressure, puts even more pressure on your aching joints, and contributes to your immobility. It becomes a vicious cycle.
Get some help
Managing your arthritis means making some lifestyle changes. Diet and exercise can help with weight loss which, in turn, helps to lower your blood pressure as well as your risk for other heart diseases and diabetes. Eating a healthy diet and losing those additional pounds can also help to reduce the additional stress placed on your joints and lead to a reduction in pain.
Research has shown that exercise is one the most effective ways to reduce the pain of arthritis and improve mobility. Taking medications that help with pain can also help to lower your blood pressure.
If you suffer from arthritis, it’s important to be able to monitor your blood pressure on a regular basis. Ivy Health’s automatically inflating arm monitor makes it easy to keep your blood pressure and heart rate under control. Our wireless arm blood pressure monitor can be used without a mobile phone or in conjunction with the free IvyHealth app. With the help of the IVBPA wireless blood pressure monitor, you can have a better understanding of how your arthritis affects your blood pressure.
The benefits are many — you can share data with your doctor so he or she can get a better, overall picture of your blood pressure and whether or not your medications are working for you. Using the monitor lets you become more actively involved in your own care.