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High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is dangerous because it causes the heart to work harder to pump blood to the body and contributes to hardening of the arteries or arteriosclerosis, stroke, kidney disease and heart failure.
These are 10 Facts you should know about High Blood Pressure
1- It is a silent killer. You may have it without any symptoms.
2- The first symptom may be a stroke. Example, going to the bathroom and experiencing sudden weakness on part of the body and subsequently collapsing.
3- Stress is a contributing factor.
4- If you have it; manage stress, reduce salt intake, eat well, exercise and take your medications.
5- From 40 years, you should check your blood pressure regularly.
6- If not detected early and managed well, it can damage kidneys, eyes, heart and brain.
7- Obesity makes it difficult to manage. Weight loss is part of the management.
8- When taking blood pressure medications, you have to take it religiously as prescribed to help your doctor monitor how well the medications are working and if you need a change or not.
9- There’s usually no known cause as one age. If you have high blood pressure at a very young age, there may be other problems causing it like kidney problems.
10- Too much Stress makes it difficult to manage. Get rest as much as you can.