Etiology of Hypertension

What really is involved in this condition

The etiology of hypertension

We all have heard the term blood pressure and most of us are familiar with it but many may not be completely clear as to what it is and what it means where their health is concerned.

The term blood pressure refers to the actual pressure of the blood on the inside or the walls of the blood vessels when it moves through ones body. Some people may suffer with a low blood pressure, some may have a normal blood pressure (approximately 120/80) and others may suffer with high blood pressure which is also known as hypertension.

The top number of your blood pressure is the systolic pressure and the bottom number is the diastolic pressure. In a study it was presented that almost 95% of the people that suffer hypertension show no apparent reason for the problem. Generally there are factors that have been known to contribute to hypertension such as: age, race, hereditary, weight, even smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol have been known to raise the pressure.

It has been proven that people with dark skin are at more risk for high blood pressure and as we get older our blood vessels constrict which puts us at a higher risk for blood pressure problems. Most often people are not aware that they even have a problem until it is found by accident. Often times the symptoms go unnoticed, which make it difficult for people to get the proper treatment. People end up at the doctors for other reasons, only to find out that they suffer from hypertension.

One of the most common signs are headache and some people seem to have them in the morning. Some people complain of dizziness and confusion as well. These are all signs of other conditions but tend to be related in the etiology of hypertension that should lead you to at least get your blood pressure checked to be on the safe side. Blood pressure can be treated with medication and in some cases, some lifestyle changes such as giving up smoking or losing weight.

If you suffer with hypertension, you should seek the medical advice from your physician. If high blood pressure is left untreated it can lead to serious health risks such as heart problems including heart failure and even a heart attack. High blood pressure is also one of the leading causes of stokes. If you are overweight, your chances of having problems are much greater so it is very beneficial to your health to work with your doctor to lower your weight and to take good care of your body.

It is important to have your blood pressure checked regularly so you will be able to spot a problem right away. The doctor can work out the best way for you to handle any issues with your blood pressure.


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