Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is when the force of the blood against your artery walls does damage to your body over time, which may lead to health problems. Hypertension can get worse over time when it is not treated. This can lead to your blood pressure increasing, and eventually developing symptoms associated with hypertension. It is important to recognize these early warning signs so that they can be properly diagnosed and treated.
If you have any of these symptoms, and they remain untreated, it can lead to serious diseases, including eye problems, kidney failure, strokes, or heart disease.
Symptoms May Include:
- Severe headaches
- Poor vision
- Irregular heartbeat
- Breathing difficulties
- Pounding in your chest, neck, or ears
If you have any of these symptoms, immediately seek help from a medical professional.
Stages Of Hypertension
Prehypertension is 120/80 to 139/89
Normal Blood Pressure
Continue to make healthy lifestyle choices and have regular doctor visits.
Mild Hypertension is 140/90 to 159/99
Elevated Blood Pressure
Adjust your lifestyle with healthy choices. such as cutting down on drinking, smoking, other stress factors, making dietary changes, and exercising more. Diet and exercise changes recommended, followed by a doctor’s visit in 3-6 to reassess your blood pressure.
Moderate Hypertension is 160/100 to 179/109
High Blood Pressure 1
Seek professional medical advice from your doctor to assess your 10-year heart disease and stroke risk assessments. If you have less than a 10% risk, make the appropriate lifestyle changes, such as cutting down on drinking, smoking, other stress factors, making dietary changes, and exercising more.
If you have more than a 10% risk, it may be necessary to include medicine accompanied with these lifestyle changes. Follow up with your doctor on a monthly basis until your blood pressure is controlled.
Severe Hypertension is 180/110 or higher
High Blood Pressure Stage 2
If your blood pressure is at this stage, you must seek immediate medical help. In addition to the aforementioned lifestyle changes, you may need to take several types of doctor prescribed medicines accompanied. Follow up with your doctor on a monthly basis until your blood pressure is controlled.