Other problems to watch out for if you have high blood pressure

Other problems to watch out for if you have high blood pressure

High blood pressure or hypertension is a common condition that occurs when the force of your blood pushing against the walls of the blood vessels is consistently too high. This condition, which can take years to develop, eventually causes damage to your blood vessels which can have an affect on your entire body.

Causes of high blood pressure include:

  • Age
  • Family history of hypertension
  • Obesity
  • Stress
  • Smoking/ excessive alcohol use
  • Poor nutrition
  • Lack of exercise

Some medical conditions can result in high blood pressure including sleep apnea, diabetes, and kidney disease.

The most common problem that people associate with high blood pressure is heart disease. But, there are other problems that come along with high blood pressure that can affect your overall health and quality of life.

Reducing your risk

In general, high blood pressure develops over many years, and especially affects older individuals in the population. You can have high blood pressure without any symptoms which is why it’s often referred to as “the silent killer”.

If left untreated, hypertension can lead to the development of life-changing as well as life-threatening conditions including:

  • Heart failure
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Stroke
  • Kidney failure
  • Eyesight problems
  • Peripheral artery disease

Making lifestyle changes can really help to prevent and control high blood pressure. Eating a healthy diet and establishing a regular exercise routine can help you to maintain a healthy weight and manage stress. If you smoke, it’s time to quit ,and, if you drink alcohol, do so in moderation.

Knowing your blood pressure numbers is important because it provides information about whether or not your medications and/or lifestyle changes are working to reduce and control your hypertension. The range for normal blood pressure is less than 120/80 mmHg while prehypertension numbers range from 120-139/80-89. Numbers higher than these are indicative of high blood pressure.

Monitor and make progress

The wireless arm blood pressure monitor developed by Ivy Health Labs makes it easy to monitor your blood pressure from the comfort of your home. With our monitor, you can measure and track your blood pressure and pulse as often as you like. Using our free app, you have the ability to record your readings on your smartphone which enables you to detect changes and trends in real time.

You also have the option of sharing this information with your physician so that, working as a team, the two of you can determine the efficacy of BP medications and make changes if necessary.

The best defense against cardiovascular disease and other health problems caused by high blood pressure is prevention. Our arm blood pressure monitor allows you to be more proactive in preventing and/or controlling your BP and, therefore, improving your total health.