Hypertension, Cardiac Problem
High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a condition in which the blood exerts a high amount of force or pressure on the walls of the artery. It is a very common health problem and affects millions of people all over the world. It can lead to serious complications and heart diseases which may have fatal consequences.
Blood pressure is determined by two factors: the amount of blood pumped by the heart, and the resistance offered by arteries. Narrowing of the arteries thus increases blood pressure as higher pressure is required to overcome the resistance.
Hypertension develops gradually over many years and hence does not cause any obvious symptoms for years or even decades. Symptoms of severe hypertension are:
However, it must be noted that these symptoms do not manifest until the condition has reached a very advanced stage and hence, it is not wise to wait for symptoms of hypertension.
Depending on the causes, hypertension is classified into two types:
The following risk factors also greatly increase the probability of developing hypertension:
Though most doctors regularly check blood pressure readings during checkups, the condition are hardly diagnosed based on a single reading. If your blood pressure is high, the doctor may schedule further checkups over the course of a few days or even weeks. If the levels are high repeatedly, the doctor may perform the following tests to confirm the diagnosis and to rule out other possibilities:
The treatment method adopted primarily depends on the type of hypertension and the cause of it:
Uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to various dangerous complications like:
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