Thursday, August 16, 2007

MIL "High Blood Pressure"

Tadi,MIL call hubby pasal her injection untuk ke Mekah akhir tahun nie, terpaksa cancel coz High Blood Pressure.Ishh..pelik sungguh aku tgk coz MIL aku cukup jaga makan pastu macam-macam ubat/vitamin dia makan.Hubby aku sibuk lah suruh cari kan petua2 yang sesuai untuk mak dia nie, tadi dapatlah satu petua minum air rebusan taugeh seminggu sekali.....ish..betui ka?

Try to surf net tadi,to get more information about this:

What is high blood pressure?

When you have high blood pressure, or hypertension, the force of blood against your artery walls is too strong. High blood pressure can damage your arteries, heart, and kidneys, and lead to atherosclerosis and stroke. Hypertension is called a "silent killer'' because it does not cause symptoms unless it is severely high and, without your knowing it, causes major organ damage if not treated.
Your blood pressure measurement consists of two numbers:

systolic and diastolic.

The systolic measurement is the pressure of blood against your artery walls when the heart has just finished pumping (contracting). It is the first or top number of a blood pressure reading.
High pressure : 140 above
Prehypertension : 120 - 139
Normal adult (age 18 or older) blood pressure is: 119 or below

The diastolic measurement is the pressure of blood against your artery walls between heartbeats, when the heart is relaxed and filling with blood. It is the second or bottom number in a blood pressure reading.
High pressure : 90 or above
Prehypertension : 80 - 89
Normal adult (age 18 or older) blood pressure is:79 or below

What causes high blood pressure?

In most cases, a doctor may not be able to pinpoint the exact cause of your high blood pressure. But several factors are known to increase blood pressure, including obesity, heavy alcohol use, family history of high blood pressure, high salt intake, and aging. A sedentary lifestyle, stress, low potassium intake, low calcium intake, and resistance to insulin may also cause your blood pressure to rise.

What are the symptoms?

Usually you will not feel any warning signs or symptoms of high blood pressure, and you will not know you have it until a health professional takes a blood pressure reading. Hypertension develops slowly and can cause serious organ damage, usually without any symptoms.
If you develop severe high blood pressure, you may have headaches, visual disturbances, nausea, and vomiting. Malignant high blood pressure (hypertensive crisis), which is hypertension that rises rapidly, can also cause these symptoms. Untreated malignant hypertension can damage the brain, heart, eyes, or kidneys. It is a medical emergency that requires immediate hospitalization.
Over time, if you do not receive treatment for your high blood pressure, you may experience symptoms caused by damage to your heart, kidney, or eyes, including coronary artery disease, stroke, and kidney (renal) failure.

How is high blood pressure diagnosed?

Most people find out they have high blood pressure during a routine doctor visit. To confirm that you have high blood pressure, your blood pressure must reach or exceed 140/90 mm Hg on three or more separate occasions. It is usually measured 1 to 2 weeks apart. Except in very severe cases, the diagnosis is not based on a single measurement.

What increases my risk of developing high blood pressure?

Several factors increase your risk for high blood pressure. Some of them are lifestyle issues you can control.
Lifestyle issues you can control to lower your risk of developing high blood pressure include obesity and not being active or exercising, drinking alcohol (three drinks a day or more), eating a lot of salty or processed foods, and not getting enough calcium, magnesium, and potassium in your diet.
Risk factors you can't control include a family history of high blood pressure, your race (being African-American increases your risk), and aging. Ninety percent of people who, at age 55, do not have hypertension will eventually develop it. 1

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