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Why You Should Know Your Blood Pressure

Over the years, it has been referred to as the silent killer, because it gives no warning signs/symptoms. It just happens and ultimately leads to severe health issues.

Yes, I am still talking about Blood Pressure, whether it is termed High or Low.

High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) begins, when the systolic (higher) and diastolic (lower) values of the blood pressure are within 130 to 139 and 80 to 89 respectively.

Stage two hypertension is said to have occurred, when the systolic and diastolic values of the blood pressure move above 140 and 90 respectively. While pressure over 180 systolic or 120 diastolic is considered a hypertensive crisis.

Low Blood Pressure (Hypotension) on the other hand, is not as severe when there are no symptoms follow-ups.

Why You Should Know Your Blood Pressure

Image credits: American Heart and Stroke Society

Nevertheless, life-threatening health issues can sprout up from sudden drops in the blood pressure. The brain is deprived of an adequate blood supply, which can lead to dizziness or lightheadedness.

When it is HIGH, it is putting extra strain on the arteries and on the heart. Over time, this strain can stiffen the arteries to become thicker and less flexible or to become weaker.

Arteries that have been affected by high blood pressure will become more narrow, making them more likely to become clogged up. If an artery becomes completely clogged up (known as a clot), this can lead to a heart attack, a stroke, kidney disease or even dementia.

That said, it is very important that you check the pressure of your blood regularly.

Before now, only a doctor’s visit could get you your blood pressure values, but with the advancement of technology in the medical field, there are handy blood pressure monitors that you can purchase at relatively cheap prices.

Regardless, any abnormalities should be discussed with your doctor immediately.

Most times, drug treatments are not the most urgent form of treatment, depending on your other health markers. Your doctor may prescribe a lifestyle modification, and that will do the trick.

Your health is important, so treat it with utmost priority.

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Amara Adanna Ogbonna

Amara Adanna Ogbonna is a Christian, foodie, and lover of arts. She spends most of her time on Facebook.

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