Understanding the number one unequivocal silent killer is the first step. Taking action against it tells this silent killer it won’t get the best of you.
It is called the silent killer for a reason. Your body doesn’t always provide signs or symptoms to acknowledge when all health problems arise until it becomes a serious matter or it’s too late to treat.
What is the number one unequivocal silent killer?
Hypertension is a serious condition that shouldn’t be looked at lightly. It is commonly referred to as high blood pressure. By not having your pressure checked periodically by a medical professional, high blood pressure or hypertension can lead to other serious and sometimes fatal conditions.
Some conditions hypertension can lead to are:
- Congestive heart failure
- Heart attack
- Brain damage
- Kidney failure
- Circulation problems
According to the American Society of Hypertension more men than women seem to ignore this medical issue. Hypertension affects men as well as women and proper care should be sought out to maintain your health and lifestyle. It is estimated that one out of every three people suffer from hypertension; that’s roughly 65 million people according to studies from the National Institute of Health.
Some contributing factors that lead to hypertension are:
- Being overweight
- Lack of sleep
- Poor diet
- Lack of fitness or an exercise routine
Usually when blood pressure increases most signs that something is wrong aren’t noticeable. If your pressure elevates dramatically some warning signs will be noticeable.
A few warning signs of hypertension include:
- Fast pulse
- Difficulty breathing
- Shallow rapid breaths
- Chest pains
- Un-clear vision
- Erectile dysfunction
What can we do to treat hypertension?
- Monitor your pressure
- Start eating a more balanced diet
- Try relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation, quality alone time (read a book, take a walk or just listen to some music)
- Lose weight
- Get more sleep
- Delegate chores to others when your plate is overflowing with tasks
- Decrease salt/sodium in your diet
But first, make an appointment with your personal physician. Don’t make any changes in your lifestyle until you hear what the doctor has to say. There are many treatments available that work – some may bring quick results while others may take time before hypertension and pressure levels can be maintained.
Some treatments and tests may include:
- Monthly visits to the doctor
- Wearing a Halter monitor for a week
- Medications: beta blockers, anti-anxiety pills, diuretics, alpha blockers, ACE inhibitors and many more
- Stress test
- Echo cardiogram
Be aware of your body. Acknowledge and do not ignore new symptoms. Seek medical attention. Listen to your physicians’ advice and follow through with the treatments prescribed just for you.
Beat this silent killer and live a long, healthy, happy and productive life!
© 2012 Beverly Mucha / All Rights Reserved
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