Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is defined as high pressure in the arteries, that are the vessels which carry blood from the heart to the body.
It’s easy to tell whether an adult has high blood pressure because there’s a standard set of measurements:
Normal blood pressure—systolic under 120 mmHg and diastolic under 80 mm Hg;
Pre-hypertension—systolic 120-139 mmHg or diastolic 80-89 mmHg;
Stage 1 hypertension—systolic 140-159 mmHg or diastolic 90-99 mmHg;
Stage 2 hypertension—systolic ≥160 or diastolic ≥100 mmHg.
Approximately 86 million adults (about 1 out of every 3) in the United States have hypertension.
Many factors can affect blood pressure, including - smoking, leading a sedentary lifestyle, a diet with a high salt intake, being overweight or obese, long-term sleep deprivation, a diet focused on meat, dairy products, and eggs, high LDL cholesterol, alcohol abuse or chronic alcohol use, or a family history of high blood pressure.
If high blood pressure remains untreated, it can cause kidney failure, heart disease, and increases the risk of stroke.
High blood pressure commonly has no symptoms and is often labeled "the silent killer." However, a few people with high blood pressure may experience:
#1 Vision problems - hypertension can damage the vessels supplying blood to your retina, causing retinopathy. This serious condition can lead to blurred vision, bleeding in the eye, and complete loss of vision.
#2 Nausea - a sensation of unease and discomfort in the stomach with an urge to vomit.
#3 Headaches - some individuals with hypertension may experience headaches, but they usually don't occur unless the pressure is notably raised.
#4 Erectile Dysfunction - the inability to have and maintain an erection becomes increasingly common in men as they reach age 50. But high blood pressure damages the lining of blood vessels and causes atherosclerosis, limiting blood flow to the penis.
#5 Kidney Damage - a high blood pressure can cause damage to the filters and blood vessels in the kidney, making removal of waste from the body difficult.
#6 Fatigue - feeling tired all the time and experiencing difficulty with everyday activities, such as climbing stairs, shopping, walking, or carrying groceries.
#7 Mental function can also change as a result of hypertension with many experiencing difficulties finding words, memory loss, and an inability to focus.
#8 Heart palpitations - to "make up for" the loss in pumping capacity, the heart beats faster.
#9 Chest pain which may radiate to the back, arms, neck or jaw.
#10 Ringing in the ear - considering the immense amounts of blood flowing in and out of the head and this area, it is no surprise that hypertension can affect one’s hearing.
Note - According to various studies, foods or beverages that may help reduce hypertension include - whole grains, legumes, flax seeds, beets, dark green leafy vegetables, sweet potatoes, potatoes, hibiscus tea, and foods high in potassium (such as pistachios, bananas, raisins, almonds, dates).
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