This article presented in the community interest by Hibiscus Private Hospital in Port Shepstone. Based on material supplied by Dr Ayoob Bux, a founding director of Hibiscus Private Hospital and chairman of the IPA Independent Practitioners Association.
Is hypertension another name for high blood pressure? Yes. Hypertension, referred to as high blood pressure, is a medical condition in which the blood pressure is elevated. Blood pressure is a measure of how hard the blood pushes against the walls of your arteries as it moves through your body.
Your blood pressure consists of two numbers, one over the other. The top number is your systolic pressure and the lower number your diastolic pressure.
Someone with a systolic reading of 120 and a diastolic reading of 80 has a blood pressure of 120/80 which is considered normal. Blood pressure measured at greater than 140/90 on three or more separate occasions, one to two weeks apart, is considered high.
Factors that cause Hypertension:
Symptoms of hypertension:
The dangers of unchecked hypertension:
What to do if you have high blood pressure:
In conclusion, please have your blood pressure checked at least twice a year if you have not been diagnosed with hypertension. This is because there are no signs or symptoms of hypertension. If you do not have your blood pressure checked regularly, then you may come to know when it is too late.