High Blood Pressure

Blood Pressure Measurement
Blood pressure is the measured amount of force pushing against the arterial walls. When blood pressure becomes too high, it can have devastating systems o­n the body, leading to potentially deadly health conditions such as a stroke, heart failure, or kidney failure.

Blood pressure usually increases with age, but high blood pressure, or hypertension, at a young age can be especially alarming. High blood pressure may often go unnoticed until such a time when a patient actually has their blood pressure measurements taken at by a nurse or a physician. the symptoms of blood pressure can include headaches, nausea, dizziness, changes in vision, and general irritability.

A patient that is diagnosed with high blood pressure may be put o­n a medication regiment to help gradually lower their blood pressure and maintain a safe blood pressure. These medications may be prescribed in addition to a diet and exercise plan, as well as instructions for various methods of stress reduction techniques. After prescribing such a treatment, a physically will typically have a patient return within o­ne to two weeks to take another blood pressure measurement. This is done to determine if the treatment plan is working properly and make any necessary adjustments.

Failure to diagnose high blood pressure in a timely manner and to treat the condition can be potentially damaging or lethal. High blood pressure can lead to permanent vision damage or blindness, a stroke, kidney damage and potential kidney failure, or peripheral vascular disease.

A proper diet and good nutrition along with exercise and the minimizing stress, as well as following any prescription treatment plan a physician has prescribed are equally detrimental in lowering high blood pressure and maintaining a safe blood pressure measurement.