Ailments like cancer, Alzheimer’s and AIDS are at the forefront of public attention, yet for some inexplicable reason, cardiovascular diseases have become “the news of yesterday” even though they still, statistically, kill more people than any other disease.
What’s worse, many people are so preoccupied with the potential symptoms of those diseases that are prevalent in media that they fail to notice the issues related to cardiovascular complications before they wreak havoc. One of the most persistent symptoms that can be resolved in time is definitely a high blood pressure, and here are the alarming reasons why high blood pressure is known as the silent killer.
The Symptoms are Often Nowhere to be Found
When one asks about clear symptoms of high blood pressure (or hypertension), they tend to be dumbfounded by the answer – the symptoms are often nowhere to be found, quite often, there is nothing that indicates the underlying problem. This is exactly why it is called the “silent killer”. There is a widespread urban myth which has inescapably become ingrained in global culture: that the main symptoms of hypertension are sweating, nervousness and flushes.
The Most Reliable Method
Unfortunately, this is not the case – if it was, it would be so much easier to detect the problem in time. Instead, the most reliable and, indeed, the best way to see if hypertension is silently weighing your body down is to see your doctor. Regular checkups help a lot, and you shouldn’t fret to ask for a whole battery of tests, especially if you’ve been feeling under the weather for a while. Now, the tests might show you have a particularly persistent flu, but they also might indicate to an insidious problem with high blood pressure.
A Sphygmomanometer is Perfect for Self-Monitoring
Owning your own reliable sphygmomanometer which can do precise measurements is also a big plus. By checking your blood pressure every day, you can write down the numbers into a small, dedicated diary with the accompanying dates for each measurement. At the end of the one-month or two-month interval, you can take this track record to your doctor who can determine the progress according to your self-monitoring results. The therapy can be adjusted accordingly in a much more reliable way thanks to this device.
But – Do Not Self-Diagnose!
However, even if you owned a sphygmomanometer beforehand, you shouldn’t use this device to self-diagnose! In fact, you should never self-diagnose! As it has been mentioned before, it is a sophisticated problem so it needs to be diagnosed by your doctor. There are two predominant kinds of hypertension, based on severity, so an experienced clinician has to determine the exact course of action that is idiosyncratic to your case.
The Types of Conditions Caused by Hypertension
A condition that is diagnosed as primary hypertension is something that develops over many years, very gradually, so it is a very insidious ailment. Secondary hypertension, on the other hand, can appear suddenly and there is a variety of medical conditions which directly contribute to it. This list of conditions includes sleep apnea, thyroid problems, inborn defects and inherited problems with blood vessels. It can also be caused by kidney problems, adrenal gland tumors, and other external factors such as medications and illegal drugs (like amphetamines and cocaine).
Hypertension Results in Dangerous Complications
Untreated hypertension ends with life-threatening complications such as heart attack, aneurysm, and stroke. Of course, it can also lead to the decreased functionality of the heart, and irreversibly “spend” it until heart failure. However, one should also be aware of the fact that the entire human body, head to toe, is filled with blood vessels, including the organs. In other words, weakened or narrowed blood vessels in vital organs can burst or, at least, prevent them from working normally.
High blood pressure is something that is often hereditary, but even if none of your parents had this sort of an issue, it is quite easy to detect. The important factor that contributes to your longevity and resolving such a health concern is exactly the same as with any other preventative behavior – do regular checkups with your doctor, that’s all there is to it.