Many of the visitors to this website send me a hypertension question via the help box. You can therefore imagine the responsibility that`s placed on me to answer each and every individual`s request. This has created the demand for a “Frequently Asked Questions” page.image

I was beginning to get overwhelmed from all these questions. So here it is, by popular demand, the FAQ page!

For a more in-depth answer, I have placed links to the relevant categories where you will be able to navigate to the page you need.

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You might find your questions answered by simply keeping posted to the latest blood pressure news, updated by Google constantly. You`ll find it here on my News and Views page.

What is hypertension or High blood Pressure?

It is a condition where the heart has to pump blood with greater force around the body because of underlying health problems.

A normal blood pressure reading is 120/80, but this can vary in different individuals and can range from 110/70 – 120/80.

There are 2 types: essential or primary hypertension and secondary hypertension.

Essential or primary hypertension occurs for no apparent reason or obvious cause, whereas secondary hypertension is caused through a known condition and its direct or indirect influence on the cardiovascular system.

See What is High Blood Pressure for more information and the different categories.

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What causes it?

In Secondary Hypertension – sensitivity to salt (in some cases); high blood cholesterol which is debatable; obesity; stress; smoking; alcohol consumption; drugs; stimulants like caffeine; dehydration; lack of exercise, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries); arteriosclerosis; disease of the kidneys; diabetes; congestive heart failure; heavy metal exposure such as lead or cadmium; certain medications.

What Causes High Blood Pressure

In Essential or Primary Hypertension the causes are unknown.

How do I know I have it?

Usually there is no noticeable symptom so the only other way you can find out is to have a series of blood pressure checks.

How do I measure it?

You can have your GP take your blood pressure for you. They will get an accurate reading. Or if you prefer, you can buy a home monitor. There are a range of different models to choose from. The most popular is the digital arm cuff monitor.

See Normal Blood Pressure Range, but you still need your doctor to diagnose it.

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What symptoms can be associated with high blood pressure?

It is almost impossible to detect through symptoms but as the condition progresses, some symptoms can become more noticeable, like frequent nosebleeds, headaches, sweating, visual disorders and dizziness.

Some people have been alert to subtle changes in the early stages. The eyes can become bloodshot or headaches can result, especially if a person is not prone to them.

As the condition advances, more damaging symptoms can result, such as heart disease, stroke, atherosclerosis, kidney damage, impotence, heart attack.

High Blood Pressure Symptoms

Who are at risk?

Age is no barrier, but after 50 there is more deterioration of bodily systems such as the elasticity of the artery walls that become less flexible. Metabolic changes occur and lifestyle changes such as reduced physical activity take place. All are contributing factors that cause high blood pressure in older people but younger people can self-induce elevated pressure through poor diet and lifestyle.

  • Men seem to be more at risk than women
  • Black Afro-Americans are susceptible
  • Diabetics
  • Overweight people
  • People with poor diets

What will it do to me?

SEE – What symptoms can be associated with high blood pressure?

What will help control it or make it better?

Lifestyle changes

Adapt to better lifestyle changes, preferably one step at a time, and if you see significant changes in your blood pressure, then continue with those changes.

Alternative High Blood Pressure Treatment

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Why did I get it?

Hereditary factors could be a contributor. Does it run in the family?

Each person has individual circumstances that cause high blood pressure. An examination of the above lifestyle factors will help you determine what they might be.

What is white coat hypertension?

Many people get nervous in the presence of a doctor and automatically the blood pressure rises, so any readings the doctor might take are not necessarily accurate. This is called white coat hypertension.

How do I prevent it from reoccurring?

Have your blood pressure monitored regularly, and make sure you eat a balanced diet which includes plenty vegetables, whole grains, nuts and fruit. Drink lots of water. Exercise regularly at least 30 minutes a day. Lessen stress and do not abuse alcohol or drugs. Do not smoke. Supplementing the diet according to many doctors is essential to stay healthy

I hope this list will help. I know it will definitely help me! But do however, feel free to submit to the help box if you can`t find an answer to your hypertension question on this site.